02/19/12 6:30 PM EST
Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to Carter
Hockey team sports No. 8 jerseys with Hall of Famer's last name
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
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."