Former Canadien Sergio Momesso happy to see Blues win Stanley Cup
|Montreal Gazette 13 Jun 2019 at 17:22|
“I just bought the house and someone was knocking on the door and I’m going: Who’s here? I don’t know anybody,” Momesso recalled Thursday. “They were just saying ‘welcome to the neighbourhood’ and they brought a cake. They didn’t know I played hockey … they were just friendly. That’s the way they are in the Midwest. They found out later I played hockey, but they didn’t come over because I did play. They just came over because they were being nice.”
Momesso, who was part of the Canadiens’ 1986 Stanley Cup team, was traded to St. Louis in summer 1988. He spent three seasons with the Blues before being traded to the Canucks and then returned to St. Louis during his 13th and final season in the NHL. So Momesso was very happy to see the Blues win their first Stanley Cup Wednesday night, beating the Bruins 4-1 in Game 7.
TSN 690 Radio’s Sergio Momesso, right, a former member of the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues, and Blues great Brett Hull share a meal in St. Louis in January 2019. Courtesy of Sergio Momesso
“I’m definitely happy for the fans of St. Louis,” said Momesso, who works as a colour commentator for Canadiens games on TSN 690 Radio. “It’s probably the best (team) alumni … after Montreal and Toronto. There’s a lot of guys who stayed in St. Louis after their careers ended and live there. I think all the alumni were happy for the whole city and the fans.”
Momesso enjoyed his best offensive season in the NHL with the Blues in 1989-90 when he posted 24-32-56 totals and 199 penalty minutes while playing on a line with Adam Oates and Brett Hull, who still has a home in St. Louis. Momesso and Hull got together for dinner when the Canadiens were in St. Louis this season.
“Brett and I were sitting there and two tables over was (the Canadiens’ Victor) Mete and (Jesperi) Kotkaniemi because the hotel was just down the street,” Momesso recalled. “It was kind of funny because here were us two older guys and then you’ve got these two young kids and you think: Time flies. They were too young to even order alcohol in the restaurant.”
The St. Louis victory Wednesday night gave former Canadiens defenceman and Hall of Famer Larry Robinson his 10th Stanley Cup ring, this time as an assistant coach and consultant with the Blues. Robinson and Momesso were teammates on the 1986 Stanley Cup team.
“I texted Larry before the final started just to say hi to him,” Momesso said. “There were a few leaders on that (1986) team, but the two main leaders were Bob Gainey and Larry Robinson. Bob was the quiet leader and Larry was more the vocal, happy kind of guy that you could go talk to. I like to joke around and tell jokes and I was like that when I was 20 years old (with the Canadiens). So I wasn’t shy and Larry would laugh and say: ‘Tell us another joke, Mo.’ He’d laugh his ass off and love it. So he made me feel comfortable. He’s just one of those guys who was very at ease with everybody. He was laughing at my jokes and I thought that was awesome.”
But it was in St. Louis where Momesso realized his potential in the NHL after recovering from a serious knee injury suffered with the Canadiens.
“After I got to St. Louis, I started thinking maybe this was a good move for my career — and it was,” he said. “I loved my time in St. Louis.”