10/16/2014 08:47 EDT | Updated 12/16/2014 05:59 EST

Ken Dryden passes torch to Carey Price during ceremony

“To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

To the Montreal Canadiens, it’s not just a poem from John McCrae’sIn Flanders Fields, it’s a motto that’s displayed in the team’s dressing room.

Prior to Montreal’s home opener against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, the poem came to life.

The Canadiens are renowned for pulling off extravagant ceremonies.

On this night, no part drew a greater cheer than when Montreal legend Ken Dryden handed the torch to present-day star Carey Price.