The Other Side of the Mirror with Guillaume Latendresse

The Other Side of the Mirror with Guillaume Latendresse


That’s a good little nugget… I have a few questions but… Nothing too bad? There are probably two or three I won’t ask. Ok. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to “The Other Side of the Mirror.” Today, we welcome someone… a francophone Quebecer who played for the Montreal Canadiens. Someone everyone knows and everyone remembers. It’s, um… hold on a minute… I think it’s on page 8. Guillaume Latendresse! Hi, how are you? I’m good, you? I’m good, I’m good. You arrived in the NHL and immediately heard the crowd cheering “Gui! Gui! Gui!” Yeah. Did you know they were talking about you? Well you know, every time I stepped on the ice and heard that… I would think, “Geez, that has to be for me, right?” You eventually made the link. I made the link. I thought, “That can’t be for Kovalev.” What was your nickname back in the day? Well, um… People called me “Gui” or “Tender.” Tender? Tender. Not “Tinder.” The swiping thing… No, no, it was “Tender” for Latendresse. Ok. Yeah, exactly. So it’s “Tinder” now? Yes. Well, no, I had it then, too. Ok. Ah. Were you a big trash talker on the ice? Ohhh, no. No, but I got into it with Lapierre because of that, because he’s a big talker. And we’d argue about it. That guy… He wanted to bug opponents but he would bug me, too. He never stopped talking. You’re talking about Maxim Lapierre? Max, yeah. But we’re really close. Max is my best friend in hockey. We’re super close buddies and we always have been. It was like we were… boyfriend/girlfriend. We were roommates and we did everything together. Sometimes we’d arrive and not talk for two weeks because we got into a fight over a play on the ice… but we played together, shared a room together, and trained together, we travelled together. So, you said you were like boyfriend/girlfriend…who was the boyfriend and who was the girlfriend? I think I’m more sensitive than Maxim. He caught me crying during a movie the night before a playoff game, actually. That was something… he still teases me about it. He talks about it all the time. He loves that story. You cried… Yeah. While watching a film… Yeah. The night before a playoff game. Yeah, yeah, yeah…but it was “Marley & Me.” You know, with the dog that dies at the end. And that’s…it’s sad. And you’ve dropped the gloves with [Zdeno] Chara? Chara and I didn’t fight…Chara fought me. When you dropped the gloves, how far had they fallen before you said, “Oh boy, what am I about to do?” No, that’s what you call a real “wrong place, wrong time” situation. During that fight, you…the fight with Chara..you’re just seeing gear and everything flying everywhere. Yellow, black, white, red. At some point did you say to yourself: “Geez, I should have insured my equipment with Intact Insurance?” I had a lot of fun with you, Guillaume. Thank you very much. Thank you Rogatien. Thanks. This was “The Other Side of the Mirror” with Guillaume Latendresse.

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