The second edition of the Michel Therrien Invitational was held on Tuesday at Le Mirage Golf Club in Terrebonne, QC. Thirty-six sports and entertainment personalities accepted the Canadiens bench boss’ invitation to take part in the event, with all of the profits being donated to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.
“Today is all about having fun,” affirmed head coach Michel Therrien. “We’re very happy to see the players and personalities that we invited to come out on site. Honestly, we’re really lucky to be able to bring all of these people together.”
Among the invitees, defenseman P.K. Subban was back in Quebec for the first time since signing his eight-year deal with the CH.
“I’m really happy to have been able to be here today to show my support for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation,” explained the star rearguard. “I think it’s great that Michel organized this event, and I think it’s even better that it's being hosted at this golf course. As you can see, it’s in amazing shape. I’m just happy to be here, and even happier to be back in Montreal.”
Even though golf was on the agenda, hockey was certainly on everybody’s minds. Members of the media took the opportunity to ask Therrien a few questions about the identity of the Canadiens’ next captain.
“We haven’t gotten there yet!” exclaimed Therrien with a laugh. “We’ve got a good day of golf for a good cause ahead of us, and we’ll definitely have a lot of time to talk about that subject in particular!”
Those personalities on site included – Mario Lemieux, P.K. Subban, Patrick Roy, David Desharnais, Marc Bergevin, Gerard Gallant, Lars Eller, Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Denis Savard, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Clement Jodoin, Yvan Cournoyer, Francis Bouillon, Stephane Waite, Jacques Lemaire, Jason Pominville, Donald Audette, Mario Tremblay, Michael Bournival, Gilles Meloche, Stephane Richer, Jonathan Huberdeau, Michel Bergeron, Jose Theodore, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kristopher Letang, Patrice Brisebois, Pascal Dupuis, Jean-Michel Anctil, Daniel Lacroix, Marc Dupre, Jacques Demers, Dave Morissette and Maxime Talbot.
CLIPS FROM THE TOURNAMENT
Michel Therrien | Marc Bergevin | P.-A. Parenteau | Lars Eller | Dan Lacroix | P.K. Subban
The 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships will be held in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 5, 2015. Tickets for games at the Bell Centre may be purchased here.
Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp is being held this week, and the canadiens.com crew had the chance to meet up with Habs prospects Zachary Fucale and Jeremy Gregoire, both of whom were camp invitees.
Here's what they had to say:
Zachary Fucale talks about head coach Benoit Groulx.
Zachary Fucale talks about last year's tournament.
Zachary Fucale works with goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite.
Jeremy Gregoire talks about the Team Canada Development Camp experience.
Jeremy Gregoire talks about the role he could play for Team Canada.
"It was really fun to play with these guys during the playoff run. I think this is the tightest group we’ve ever had." - Carey Price
“The future is bright for this team. I’ve been happy to be a part of it, and I’d be happy to be a part of it for a long time.” – P.K. Subban
"It's been an amazing experience and a blast." - Dustin Tokarski
"The future looks bright here." - Max Pacioretty
"The end of the season was disappointing but we have to be happy with our year and our run." - David Desharnais
"It was different in 2010. We didn't have that much depth. At that point we maybe had one or two lines.This time we were much deeper and our four lines were pretty good." - Tomas Plekanec
"My family and I love Montreal. We would love to be back here." - Brian Gionta.