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Canadiens Retire Robinson's Number 19 - TSN
Montreal Canadiens fans had waited a long time to give Larry Robinson the ovation he received Monday night, and they weren't going to sit down until they were good and ready.

Robinson joined 12 other Canadiens legends when his No. 19 was retired and raised to the Bell Centre rafters before Montreal's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Robinson received an ovation of several minutes when he was first introduced to the crowd, and he tried sitting down to get the fans to stop.

But they refused, continuing for several more minutes despite Robinson's repeated attempts to get them to sit down.

It was typical of the relationship Canadiens fans had with the "Big Bird," one Robinson acknowledged to close out his acceptance speech.

"The final people I want to thank are you, the greatest fans in the greatest city hockey has ever known," Robinson said in French. "Without you, I wouldn't be here today. You warmly welcomed an Anglophone farm boy from Marvelville and made him fall in love with this city." Continue.

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