Debunking the “Living in the Past” Narrative

“History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be.” ~ John Henrik Clarke

With his most recent comments, not only did Max Domi give a serious slap to Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans, but he opened a can of worms. As seen in the following video, Domi justified his saying that the Canadiens’ fans are the best in the NHL by mentioning the 24 Stanley Cups they have won, by far the most in the long history of the league. Coming from the son of Leafs’ fan favourite Tie Domi, a kid who is from Toronto and grew up following the Leafs, it is bound to hurt some people’s feelings.

Fans of other teams, who cannot debate this because they know that it’s a fact, often revert to the only thing they can come up with, by saying that Habs’ fans “live in the past”. Can we really blame them? Unable to deny it, that it’s the only argument they can hang their hats on.

But in doing so, they forget that the past starts the moment you think about it, after each breath that you take. See, you just read this and it’s already in the past. Even the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup win is in the past. So come to think of it, mentioning anything prior to this actual moment is living in the past.

History

Because they can’t match the Stanley Cup argument, those hockey fans tend to forget, or at the very least downplay the importance of history. That’s right. Whether we’re talking about hockey or any other topic, history is what defines what we live today.

Canada is rich in history. Christopher Columbus got lost and discovered America. The battle of the Plains of Abraham has defined our country. Our Premiers and Prime Ministers have all defined our history in their own way. The CP rail and CN rail were a huge part of Canadian history, helping to tie the West to the East. Does mentioning any historical event also considered “living in the past”?

Carey Price is the Canadiens’ career leader in wins.

NHL forwards have Wayne Gretzky to chase for records. Defensemen are still trying to match what Bobby Orr has accomplished in his shorten career. Martin Brodeur‘s 691 wins is the benchmark for NHL goaltenders to beat. For NHL teams, the 24 Stanley Cups is the benchmark, something that every single franchise would love to surpass. True that the Canadiens have been around for over 110 years but never forget that there are five other teams currently in the league who have also been part of the original NHL and that includes… the Toronto Maple Leafs.

So Habs’ fans, continue to be proud of the Canadiens’ rich history. Remember that whenever some other NHL fan brings in the weak argument that we’re “living in the past”, it’s because they’re jealous of the team’s rich history and truthfully, they have no other ways to insult the NHL’s most popular franchise worldwide. Afterall, some of them started using that excuse back in… 1994. Go Habs Go!

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