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Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to Carter

Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to Carter

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Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to Carter
As part of a pregame tribute to Gary Carter, each member of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team sported No. 8 jerseys bearing Carter's last name during warmups prior to Sunday's home game against the New Jersey Devils.

Carter, who died of brain cancer Thursday at the age of 57, made seven of his 11 All-Star appearances as a member of the Montreal Expos from 1974-84. After stints in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Hall of Fame catcher returned to Montreal for his final Major League season in 1992.

The jerseys worn for the pregame skate -- the Canadiens' red sweaters with the blue and white stripes around the center -- will all be auctioned off later this week, with proceeds benefitting the Gary Carter Foundation.


Carter's career with the Expos is a lasting memory for many Montreal baseball fans, as mentioned by Commissioner Bud Selig in his statement regarding Carter on Thursday.

"Driven by a remarkable enthusiasm for the game, Gary Carter became one of the elite catchers of all time," Selig said. "'The Kid' was an 11-time All-Star and a durable, consistent slugger for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets, and he ranks among the most beloved players in the history of both of those franchises."

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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