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Education: Bialik High School Class of 2013, Dawson College Class of 2015, McGill Political Science Student. Born and raised in Montreal, the Canadiens have always been a big part of my life. What started out as a way to blow off some steam after a tough loss in the 2011 playoffs eventually became a popular hit with Facebook friends around the internet. On PGT, I like to dissect each and every Habs game and promote discussion about the team. Other interests: Aside from Hockey and sports in general, I love music. During the summer I work for Camp Wingate, a sleep-away sports camp just north of Montreal. Favourite places in Webspace: If you are looking for the latest news around the NHL, visit For more Montreal Canadiens talk, visit, or

Top 5 NHL Playoff Rituals

5. Orange Crush
This one isn't really a tradition but it's so cool to look at I couldn't leave it out. Watching the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs is a thing of beauty. With every Flyer fan in the building rocking their home team's orange jersey, it really is an amazing site.

4. The Whiteout
What originally started out as a tradition in Winnipeg has become one of the coolest things to see during the playoffs. The sea of white surrounding the ice in Phoenix looks awesome, especially when it's a sold out crowd. Props to the fans for keeping this amazing tradition alive.

"White Out" shirts adorn the inside of Arena before Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.

3. Rat Trick
This tradition doesn't date as far back as the other ones but it's still pretty cool. Back in 1995- 1996 season, when the Florida Panthers last made the playoffs, one of their players Scott Mellanby killed a rat in the locker room. After winning that series and eventually going on to lose to Colorado in the cup finals, a tradition was born, it was called: The Rat Trick

2. Octopus
Back when the NHL only consisted of the original 6 teams, a tradition was born in Detroit, Michigan. Considering that back then it only took 8 wins to hoist the Stanley cup, fans in Motown began to throw octopus on the ice. This is a tradition that still goes on today.

1. The Playoff Beard
I have no idea how this one started, and I highly doubt anyone does, but growing a playoff beard is the one thing the EVERY player does during the NHL playoffs. And the coolest part is even normal people like you and I grow playoff beards and wear them proudly every single year.


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2nd Round, 33rd overall: Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts, OHL)- Player with first round skill and production, 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists) in 49 games. But his age pushes him out of the first round. ( Born in 1992).

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