“I’m just very excited about this upcoming season. I worked hard. I feel pretty good physically and I’m looking forward to playing. I know what I can do and I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. Obviously, it’s a situation that no one wants to be in, but the decision was made. The coaching staff did what they thought was right for our team and I respect their decision. It’s not a pleasant situation for me but there’s nothing I can do about that. What happened during the playoffs last year is behind us.” – Peter Budaj
“I’m an offensive player. That’s the role I expect to play here. That’s the kind of player I’ve been my entire life. At my age and with my experience level, I think I’ll also act as a leader here, too.” - P.A. Parenteau
“For the team that we have, it makes sense. We have a good core leadership group and not singling out one guy makes sense. The guys that we have selected as alternate captains are all great selections. We have a mix of veteran guys and two young guys. Marky and Pleky have been here for the better part of a decade and those guys know how the system works here. They know the city, they know the media and how things work. Guys like Max and P.K. bring the enthusiasm and they’re part of the newer generation of hockey players. It’s a perfect combination. “ – Carey Price
Q: Carey, are you worried P.K. will talk more now than ever?
A: No, I don't think that's possible.
Q: Are you worried about Markov talking more?
A: No, I don't think so.
Day 4 of Canadiens Rookie Camp picked up where it left off yesterday, with the Habs’ hopefuls in Brossard grinding out a physical 1-1 tie in the second of three intra-squad scrimmages scheduled for this week at the Bell Sports Complex.
After falling 3-2 on Sunday, Christian Thomas’ opening goal midway through the first half looked to be the winner for Team Red until Matt Schmalz buried a game-tying rebound with just over two minutes left in regulation.
Team White was busy between the pipes, with goaltenders Mike Condon and Jordan Papirny turning aside 9 of 10 and 12 of 12 shots respectively.
Rookie Camp’s third and final scrimmage is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. EST in Brossard.
Team White – 1
Team Red – 1
Mike Condon – 9 saves on 10 shots
Jordan Papirny – 12 saves on 12 shots
Zachary Fucale – 6 saves on 6 shots
Hayden Hawkey – 4 saves on 5 shots
The four players will be presented to the media this morning at the Club’s golf tournament in Laval-sur-le-Lac.
Details to come.
Prospects and invitees contested the first of three intra-squad scrimmages at Canadiens Rookie Camp on Sunday afternoon at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. In a tilt that grew increasingly physical as time went on, Team White posted a 3-2 victory over Team Red. Michael McCarron, Charles-David Beaudoin and Tim Bozon scored for Team White, while Jeremy Gregoire and Sven Andrighetto lit the lamp for Team Red.
Zachary Fucale and Hayden Hawkey were solid in goal for Team Red. Fucale stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced, while Hawkey stopped 16 of 18 shots against. For his part, Jordan Papirny turned aside 14 of 15 shots against for Team White.
A second intra-squad game is scheduled for Monday morning at 11 a.m. EST in Brossard.
Team White - 3
Team Red – 2
Mike Condon – 7 saves on 8 shots
Jordan Papirny – 14 saves on 15 shots
Zachary Fucale – 15 saves on 16 shots
Hayden Hawkey – 16 saves on 18 shots
After a grueling opening day of camp which saw over forty Canadiens prospects put their physical skills to the test, the majority of the Habs’ hopefuls were back out on the Bell Sports Complex ice on Saturday for Day 2 of rookie camp in Brossard.
Notably absent from the morning session were Stefan Fournier and Dalton Thrower, both nursing injuries, while first-round draft pick from this year’s NHL Entry Draft, Nikita Scherbak, was sidelined with the flu.
On the facility’s second surface, the Habs’ veterans held a similar workout to Friday’s, with a number of players from other NHL teams joining the on-ice training for a morning skate which lasted just over an hour.
- The Canadiens officially kicked off the 2014-15 campaign on Friday with the start of their annual Rookie Camp. Forty-four players, including 20 invitees, were on site at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard to undergo a battery of physical and psychological tests.
- For their part, a host of Habs regulars hit the ice for another informal skate, including forwards Brandon Prust, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, P.A. Parenteau, Travis Moen, Max Pacioretty, Dale Weise, Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller and Manny Malhotra. Defensemen Mike Weaver, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn were also present, as were goaltenders Carey Price and Peter Budaj.
On Thursday morning, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar announced that Canadiens prospect Jeremy Gregoire would be named the 16th captain in team history.
“I’m very happy and honored to get this title,” affirmed Gregoire in a Drakkar press release. “The Drakkar are a major organization. We’ve enjoyed a lot of success over the last two years, and to be able to play a part in keeping that success going next season is very exciting for me. I want to stay myself as captain, while drawing inspiration from Felix Girard, the best captain I had a chance to work with. I’ll be a captain that leads by example on the ice, and speaks up in the dressing room at the right time.”
Grégoire, 18, has registered 131 points (69 goals, 62 assists) and served 243 penalty minutes in 188 regular season contests since making his junior debut in 2011-12 with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. He has added 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 58 playoff games. The forward signed a three-year deal with the Canadiens on July 1st.
Habs fans will have a chance to see the 19-year-old forward at work at the Canadiens’ Rookie Camp which gets underway on Friday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation broke ground on its sixth Bleu-Blanc-Bouge rink this month at Longueuil's Parc Lionel-Groulx, making it the first rink to be constructed outside of Montreal. Set to open this winter, locals on the South Shore will be able to benefit from the multi-sport refrigerated surface which shares the same dimensions as the one at the Bell Centre. With a planned four-month construction period and an investment of $1.4 million, the official inauguration is set for later this year.