On Friday, the Canadiens released their roster for the 2016 edition of their Rookie Camp which gets underway on Thursday, September 15th at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Twenty-seven players will be in attendance, including 15 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Seventeen players are Canadiens draft picks, four are free-agents and six are invitees.
Up front, the likes of Nikita Scherback, Artturi Lehkonen, Martin Reway and Michael McCarron will be looking to impress the Canadiens’ brass, while notables Mikhail Sergachev, Noah Juulsen and Brett Lernout will likely be given plenty of looks on the back end. For their part, Zachary Fucale, Charlie Lindgren and Michael McNiven will be strutting their stuff between the pipes.
Following medicals and a 60-minute practice session on September 15th, players will travel to London, ON for a three-day tournament against fellow young guns from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs at Budweiser Gardens.
Players will return to Montreal in the evening hours of September 18th with on-ice sessions running through the conclusion of the camp on September 21st.
On Thursday, Hockey Canada announced its selections for the captain and two alternate captains for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Forward Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins will sport the “C,” while centerman Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Shea Weber of the Canadiens will serve as the two alternate captains.
Weber was the captain of the Nashville Predators before being traded to Montreal over the summer. He will serve as one of the Canadiens’ alternate captains this season.
On the international stage, Weber contributed to a pair of gold medal victories with Team Canada at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. He was an alternate captain to Crosby in Sochi. Weber was named an All-Star at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He also participated in the World Junior Hockey Championship (2005), and he represented Canada at World Hockey Championship on two occasions, winning gold in 2007 and silver in 2009. Weber was named the most outstanding defenseman at the Worlds in 2009, in addition to being named to the tournament All-Star team.
SAINTE-JULIE – The third-annual Valeurs mobilières Desjardins golf tournament was held at the Vallée du Richelieu golf course on Monday, with all profits going to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.
Guy Lafleur will join the group for the post-golf event at the end of the round, which will be capped by a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Foundation.
After arriving in Montreal over the weekend from Moscow, Alexander Radulov made his first visit to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday morning since signing with the Canadiens on July 1st.
Radulov met with members of the organization before hitting the ice with several Canadiens players, including captain Max Pacioretty, Sven Andrighetto, Stefan Matteau, Mike Condon and Torrey Mitchell, as well as prospects Mikhail Sergachev and Nikita Scherbak.
After practice, Radulov paid a visit to campers at the Canadiens Girls Hockey School on the main rink. The Russian sniper took part in several drills, before posing for both group and individual photographs. Condon was on the ice with Radulov, too.
The 30-year-old, who will remain in Montreal going forward, will make his first appearance in front of the media around 12 p.m. EST.
On Tuesday, the Ottawa 67’s traded Canadiens prospect Jeremiah Addison to the Windsor Spitfires. Addison, the Canadiens’ seventh-round selection in 2015, registered 27 goals and 56 points in 67 games with Ottawa last season in the OHL. After picking up three points in four playoff games, Addison signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, with whom he played four games.
The Spitfires, who will play host to the Memorial Cup in 2017, also boast the Canadiens’ 2016 first-rounder on their roster, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
LAVAL – Captain Max Pacioretty, some of his Canadiens teammates, and local celebrities were on site at the Islesmere Golf Club on Tuesday for a tournament organized by No. 67 to raise funds for both the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation and the Max Pacioretty Foundation.
Sven Andrighetto, Mark Barberio, David Desharnais and Stefan Matteau were among the players in attendance, as was head coach Michel Therrien, general manager Marc Bergevin, assistant coach Daniel Lacroix, goaltending coach Stephane Waite, and 2014 first-rounder Nikita Scherbak.
Pacioretty, Andrighetto and Barberio met with members of the media prior to hitting the golf course. Both Andrighetto and Barberio signed new contracts with the Canadiens in June, and they reiterated their intent to secure full-time roster spots in Montreal in 2016-17.
For his part, Pacioretty discussed his involvement with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, the best and worst golfers on the team, and his ongoing preparation for the World Cup of Hockey.
The Michel Therrien Golf Invitational was a big success once again this year, with participants raising $170,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation on Tuesday at Le Mirage Golf Club in Terrebonne.
“We were really spoiled weather-wise this year,” said Therrien, referencing the poor weather conditions that made the golf course unplayable in 2015. “Once again, the response from people surpassed our expectations. The players and celebrities on site at the event demonstrated their generosity. It really touched me because all of the funds raised go to support the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, a cause that is really close to my heart.”
Since the inaugural tournament was held in 2013, it has managed to raise over $576,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. Its goal is to provide a better and healthier future for children in need by encouraging physical activity and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle among disadvantaged youth from four to 17 years old.
“We’re privileged to be able to count on the support and involvement of our head coach,” said Genevieve Paquette, the executive director of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. “We sincerely thank him, along with the organizing committee, for their tremendous generosity.”
- The Michel Therrien Golf Invitational was held at Le Mirage Golf Club in Terrebonne on Tuesday. Unlike last year when the course was unplayable due to poor weather conditions, this time around the weather was absolutely perfect. Forty-one celebrities – including Canadiens players, members of the coaching staff, and players and staff members from other NHL teams – were all on site. A total of 280 golfers participated in the event.
- Several players met with members of the media for the first time all summer. Captain Max Pacioretty talked about the arrival of Shea Weber, specifically his leadership abilities. Before being traded to the Canadiens, Weber had served as captain of the Nashville Predators for the last six years.
- For his part, Weber made his first public appearance since joining the CH. The veteran defenseman made his way to the golf course with Pacioretty, before being presented to the media alongside the Canadiens’ No. 67, Therrien, and Geoff Molson, too.
- This year marks the fourth edition of the Michen Therrien Golf Invitational. In 2015, the tournament raised over $225,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.
BROSSARD - After arriving in Montreal on Sunday night, Shea Weber made his first visit to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday.
He worked out with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard looking on, and then met up with a few of his new teammates and members of the organization, including head coach Michel Therrien. After a photo session during which he sported his new uniform, Weber’s day finished up on the ice where he took his first strides on the South Shore.
Weber, who will sport No. 6 with the Canadiens, will make his first public appearance as a member of the team on Tuesday at the Michel Therrien Golf Invitational at Le Mirage Golf Club in Terrebonne.
TEAM A: 4
TEAM B: 2
Team A, coached by Donald Dufresne, secured a 4-2 win over Team B in the final scrimmage of the Canadiens’ development camp on Thursday morning, claiming the Prospect Cup.
It didn’t take Team B long to respond, though, as invitee Frankie Dichiara put the puck past Hayden Hawkey just minutes later to tie things up 1-1. Dichiara’s wrist shot managed to sneak by Hawkey on the short side.
Invitee Kody McDonald picked up right where he left off on Wednesday, lighting the lamp behind McNiven courtesy of a perfect backhand feed from fellow invitee Reid Duke to give Team A a 2-1 advantage with 10 minutes to go in the opening period.
The two teams would ultimately skate to the dressing room tied 2-2, though, as Team B’s Jeremiah Addison re-directed a Michael McCarron pass beyond the reach of Hawkey with just two minutes remaining in the first frame.
Then, William Bitten capped the scoring for Team A seven minutes later with a breakaway goal on Fucale that upped the score to 4-2.