Flyers prove childhood dreams can come true

New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers
Gervais, left, and Talbot are living the dream: best friends playing for the same NHL team.

 

 

Little boys dream big when it comes to playing sports, believing one day they’ll be destined for the pros. Even better, their best friend will be playing right alongside them when they get there. Then reality sets in.

Except for Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais. The two played pee wee hockey together while growing up in Longueuil, Quebec, a town outside Montreal. Now, just like they always planned, they are teammates in the NHL.

Talbot, a defensive specialist on the penalty kill, signed with the Flyers last year as a free agent. This summer, after consulting with GM Paul Holmgren, the Orange and Black brought in Gervais.

“It’s great. To have two best friends on the same team, it’s nice to share,” said the 29-year-old Talbot. “It was always a dream since we were 10 years old, playing Phantoms and pee wee. It’s like playing with your brother.”

Of course, the Flyers have that, too, with Brayden and Luke Schenn. But they’re just kids still learning the ropes. Talbot and Gervais are NHL veterans, with a true appreciation about how rare something like this happens.

“When you crack it [the NHL] at first you joke around and say, ‘It would be crazy one day if we could play on the same team,’” laughed the 28-year-old Gervais. “I don’t think we realized then how slim the chances were. It’s so hard to get the timing right and you can never control that. And we were both happy where we were. But now it’s happened and been something special.”

According to Gervais, it happened without warning.

“There were a few teams interested who wanted to make an offer,” said Gervais, a stay-at-home defenseman, with 16 career goals. “One of them was waiting for the [Ryan] Suter and [Zach] Parise thing to play out. The Flyers actually came from out of nowhere, but when the offer was put on the table it was a no brainer for me.”

A strong recommendation from Talbot helped.

“Homer [Holmgren] asked me about him,” said Talbot. “He wanted help on defense and got Bruno. He’s been doing a great job ever since.”

Gervais, Talbot giving back to community
Bruno Gervais and Max Talbot have more in common than just hockey. The two also work closely on a charity project dedicated to improving the lives of less fortunate children.

“We started our own charity, the Gervais-Talbot Foundation five years ago,” said Bruno. We’ve raised over $700,000 so far. We got the idea going on a father’s trip. We have a golf tournament and other events every year. We sell out every year. We’ve given money to 25 different charities in Quebec.”

Gervais and Talbot organized an exhibition series in Quebec during the lockout and donated the proceeds. Successful in Canada, now the pair hopes to raise awareness in Philadelphia.

“We both really are big competitors,” said Gervais. I  know, I know, he’s won a Cup. “But I know we’d love to win one together. That would be great.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

South Korea ferry disaster: captain's actions 'tantamount to…

The captain and some crew members of the sunken South Korean passenger ferry Sewol have been accused of 'murderous acts' by their own president, after…

News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.