- After a brief warm-up on the soccer field, prospects and invitees began Day 4 of the Canadiens’ Development Camp on Wednesday by being split up into two separate groups. While one group took part in a strength and conditioning seminar focused on long-term development and injury prevention with Pierre Allard, the other hit the ice for a skills session with coaches Sebastien Bordeleau, Donald Dufresne, Nick Carriere and Francis Bouillon. Then, the two groups switched places.
- Newcomer Andrew Shaw made his first visit to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Wednesday since being acquired by the Canadiens in a trade back on June 24. Shaw was given a tour of the practice facility, including the dressing room where he met the media while donning his brand new No. 65 jersey.
“I like the city. Everyone is very welcoming. It’s a huge hockey city. I’m excited for that, as well,” said Shaw, who will spend Wednesday afternoon looking for a new home. “I only live three-and-a-half hours down the 401, so I expect my family is going to be here most games.”
- One scrimmage is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Team A, coached by Donald Dufresne and Francis Bouillon, will take on Team B, coached by Nick Carriere and Ken Morin. Michael Pezzetta joins Brett Lernout and Matthew Bradley on the injured list and will not play. Meanwhile, both Jake Evans and Luke Ripley have returned to the University of Notre Dame.
TEAM A: 2
TEAM C: 1
With just 96 seconds remaining in the period, Mikhail Sergachev scored on a penalty shot to give Team A the 2-1 lead, and ultimately a victory in the contest.
TEAM C: 4
TEAM A: 3
Maxime Fortier gave Team C a 2-1 lead, before Reid Duke knotted things up at two for Team A with a goal on Fucale.
McCarron scored his second goal of the game on a penalty shot, beating Fucalo five-hole to put Team C up 3-2, but Sergachev’s third goal of the day brought things back to even for Team A.
It was Markus Eisenschmid who scored the game-winner for Team C, benefiting from an empty net vacated by Fucale as Team A went for the win with an extra attacker.
TEAM B: 2
TEAM D: 1
Jake Evans’ goal with 3:40 remaining in the 4-on-4 contest lifted Team B to a 2-1 win over Team D on Tuesday afternoon.
Evans’ tally broke a 1-1 tie on goals by Team D’s Jeremiah Addison and Team B’s Karson Kuhlman.
TEAM D: 4
TEAM B: 1
Charles Hudon scored a pair of goals for Team D to pace them to a 3-1 win over Team B during the 3-on-3 portion of the contest.
- Prospects and invitees took part in an early-morning sports psychology seminar on Tuesday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard as Day 3 of the Canadiens’ Development Camp got underway.
- After a brief warm-up on the soccer field, players were divided into two separate groups. While one group hit the ice to work on skating and puck-handling skills, the other took part in a gym session focused on powerlifting technique. Then, the two groups switched places.
- Two scrimmages are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Team A (Donald Dufresne) will battle Team C (Nick Carriere) in the early tilt at 4 p.m., before Team B (Francis Bouillon) takes on Team D (Ken Morin) beginning at 5:15 p.m.
- Forward Matthew Bradley is sidelined for the remainder of camp due to an injury sustained during an intra-squad game on Sunday. You’ll recall that defenseman Brett Lernout is also present in Brossard, but sidelined due to injury.
- The second day of the Canadiens’ annual development camp on Monday saw forwards and defensemen take part in two hours of on-ice physical testing at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Players were put through a series of high intensity repeated tests that gauged their capacity to repeat sprints. They were required to complete the exercise six times.
|Goaltender Michael McNiven hard at work in the gym on Monday morning.|
- All four goaltenders in attendance – Zachary Fucale, Michael McNiven, Charlie Lindgren and Hayden Hawkey – hit the ice prior to the on-ice testing sessions, before hitting the gym for a 45-minute workout and taking part in a video session.
- Guest coach Francis Bouillon met with members of the media primarily to talk about his role over the course of the week, but he also discussed several of GM Marc Bergevin's recent transactions, including the acquisition of both Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov, former teammates of his in Nashville.
"In my first year with the Predators, I was impressed [with Shea]. He was just 24 or 25 years old, and he was already the captain. He's probably the person who impressed me the most as a player, but also just as much as a person. He's a complete player and an excellent leader in the dressing room," explained Bouillon, before sharing his thoughts on Radulov as well. "He's an exceptional player, loaded with talent. He also has a big personality. He's flamboyant, and when he scores a goal, he lets you know about it."
- All 45 players on site in Brossard will be taking part in a team building activity on Monday afternoon.
- No scrimmages were scheduled on Monday. Two are planned for Tuesday, though, with puck drop scheduled for 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., respectively.
Scrimmage No. 1 - July 3
Team B: 8
Team A: 3
The first scrimmage of the Canadiens’ development camp was held on Sunday afternoon as Team A, helmed by Donald Dufresne, and Team B, coached by Francis Bouillon, battled it out at the Bell Sports Complex.
Defenseman Noah Juulsen, who wasn’t supposed to participate in scrimmages due to injury, did finally receive the green light from the Canadiens’ medical staff to suit up and play. He sported a full visor for the game.
A few minutes later, Bitten capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone and went in solo on Fucale. This time around, though, the Rosemere native shut the door and kept Bitten off the scoresheet.
Fucale couldn’t do much to stop a solid wrist shot from Jeremy Gregoire midway through the opening frame, though. Gregoire’s blast found the short side, giving Team B a 2-0 lead.
Mikhail Sergachev tripped Gregoire later in the period. That led to a penalty shot opportunity for Gregoire, and he lit the lamp by beating Fucale five-hole to give Team B a 3-0 advantage.
While the opening frame was played at 4-on-4, the two teams switched to a 3-on-3 format for the final period.
Gregroire found the back of the net once again to complete his hat trick, pouncing on a loose puck in front of Fucale to put Team B up 4-0.
Jake Evans upped Team B’s lead to 5-2 on a one-timer, before Hayden McCool made it 6-2. Reid Duke scored for Team A to cut Team B’s lead to 6-3 with five minutes remaining. McCool and Bitten then capped the scoring for Team B as the contest finished up 8-3 in their favor.
Scrimmage No. 2 - July 3
Team C: 2
Team D: 2
The second scrimmage on Sunday afternoon featured Team C, helmed by Nick Carriere, against Team D, coached by Ken Morin.
Tom Parisi lit the lamp for Team C to open the scoring, beating goaltender Michael McNiven five minutes into the first period. McNiven and fellow netminder Hayden Hawkey kept both teams off the scoresheet for the remainder of the frame.
In the second period, Jeremiah Addison found the back of the net, putting the puck past Hawkey on a one-timer to tie things up 1-1.
With 10 minutes to go in the game, Markus Eisenschmid capitalized on a penalty shot opportunity and scored on McNiven to put Team C up 2-1.
But, with just 3.3 seconds to go, Giovanni Fiore denied Team C the win by tying things up 2-2 with Team D pulling McNiven in favor of an extra attacker.
- The Canadiens held their first official day of their 2016 Development Camp on Sunday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Participating players underwent physical testing and medicals on Saturday, so Sunday was their first opportunity to suit up and hit the ice on the South Shore.
- Among the 45 players in attendance, only one was unable to participate in on-ice workouts. Defenseman Brett Lernout is still nursing a knee injury that he sustained during his first career NHL game on April 2 when the Canadiens were taking on the Florida Panthers.
- Defenseman Noah Juulsen should take part in all on-ice workouts over the course of the week, except for the scrimmages. Juulsen is still healing up from a fractured jaw sustained near the end of the season while patrolling the blue line for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.
- The Canadiens and prospect Artturi Lehkonen mutually agreed that the Finnish forward would remain in Sweden to continue training instead of making the trek to Montreal for camp this week. The Swedish Elite League standout should take part in Rookie Camp at the beginning of September, though. You’ll recall that Lehkonen’s season ended relatively late after his Frolunda club captured the league championship.
- Former Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon was on the ice on Sunday morning as a guest coach. Bouillon will work with prospects throughout the week in Brossard.
- Two scrimmages are scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The first scrimmage will begin at 4 p.m., while the second will get going at 5:15 p.m. Both games are open to the public.
- In addition to Sven Andrighetto, Mark Barberio, and Joel Hanley, who all signed new contracts earlier this month, the Canadiens have also submitted qualifying offers to pending RFAs Daniel Carr, Phillip Danault, and Andrew Shaw.
MONTREAL – Mother Nature was quite generous on Sunday in Montreal, which made for perfect conditions at the fifth edition of the Hockey de Rue - Together for the Kids Tournament.
The hundreds of participants at Sunday’s tournament were not just able test their street hockey skills against other squads from the Montreal area, but they were also treated to a celebrity game between the Canadiens alumni and the much feared Joe Beef restaurant team; all in benefit of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the YM-YWHA.
The heat was intense on Sunday, both due to the humid weather forecast and the passionate level of play on the streets. Thankfully, Youppi! managed to help cool participants off with impromptu autograph and photograph sessions.
Canadiens veteran Tomas Plekanec was also part of Sunday’s festivities, joining in on the fun with fans, our generous sponsors and the youth teams representing seven BLEU BLANC BOUGE communities that had the chance to play in their own tournament.
In total, Sunday’s fifth edition of the Hockey de Rue tournament involved 34 teams encompassing 300 players to officially mark the beginning of summer which of course means street hockey season has arrived for thousands across the Quebec region. Over 100 volunteers helped make the event happen which generated over $200,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Foundation for childhood and the YM-YWHA.
Alexei Emelin was named as one of the last seven players that will be added to Team Russia’s roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September.
The Habs wrecking ball on defense has paced the Canadiens in the hit department since joining the team back in 2011-12. In 2015-16, Emelin finished fourth amongst all blue-liners in the NHL in this regard, throwing a total of 256 punishing body-checks for an average of 3.6 per game.
The rearguard will be joining fellow Canadiens teammate Andre Markov, who along with Dmitry Kulikov, Alexey Marchenko, Dmitry Orlov, Slava Voynov and Nikita Zaitsev make up Team Russia’s defense corps for the competition.
Emelin is no stranger to representing Russia on the international stage. September’s tournament will be the hard-hitting defenseman’s tenth international appearance since 2004, which includes a gold medal won at the World Championships in 2012.
Russia 7, USA 2
Russia defeated the United States 7-2 in Sunday’s bronze medal game in Moscow, earning an eighth medal in the last 10 years of the annual competition.
Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin finished the night a +2 with 18:43 of ice time, winning his fourth medal at the international event.
With the Americans trailing 5-1 after 40, Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon took the net in relief of Keith Kinkaid, stopping eight shots in the final frame.
Canada 2, Finland 0
Brendan Gallagher and Team Canada avenged a 4-0 preliminary round loss to Finland by a 2-0 scoreline on Sunday, capturing a second-straight gold medal at the IIHF World Championship.
Although the Canadians outshot the Finns 33-16, Gallagher did not test goaltender Mikko Koskinen, getting just 7:22 of ice time in the winning effort.
Connor McDavid scored what would turn out to be the game-winner at 11:24 in the opening period and Matt Duchene added an empty-netter with one second left in regulation.
The gold medal is a first for Gallagher with the Canadian Men’s National Team, having previously taken home a bronze at the 2012 World Juniors in Alberta.
The Habs forward finished the tournament a +5 with two goals — including one game-winner — and three assists over 10 games.