France Margaret Bélanger, the president of sports and entertainment for Groupe CH, was trying to convince Machabée to leave her television job at RDS after 32 years. After two more conversations with Bélanger, Machabée decided in January to change jobs.
Machabée grew up worshipping Lafleur and it was that love for the Canadiens legend that led her into sports journalism. As a young girl, Machabée used to wait outside the door of the Forum where the players would enter, hoping to see Lafleur. She ended up getting his autograph 52 times.
In her new job with the Canadiens, Machabée was heavily involved in the planning for two days of public visitation for Lafleur Sunday and Monday at the Bell Centre after he died on April 22 at age 70, as well as the funeral that will be held Tuesday morning at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.