Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov have both been selected to be a part of Russia’s preliminary Olympic roster for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Markov could be headed to the Olympics for the third time. The 34-year-old previously suited up for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games, but failed to claim a medal. For his part, Alexei Emelin could potentially be competing in his first Olympics. The rearguard earned podium finishes on six occasions with the Russian national team, including capturing gold at the World Hockey Championship in 2012.
P.K. Subban and Carey Price will participate in Team Canada's orientation camp ahead of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Subban and Price have yet to participate in the Olympics, but they've both put forward standout international performances for Canada. Price captured a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2007, while Subban claimed gold in 2008 and 2009.
The American squad also announced that 48 players will take part in its orientation camp ahead of the Olympic Games, including both Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk. Pacioretty has represented his country twice, participating in the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2008 and the World Hockey Championship in 2012, but has yet to claim a medal. Galchenyuk, meanwhile, won gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2013, before picking up a bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship a few months later.
- The Montreal Canadiens’ annual development camp got underway on Wednesday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Fifty-six players, including 28 draftees from the Canadiens organization are in attendance. All eight selections from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft presented on June 30 in New Jersey are among the players on site. The camp, which features both on and off-ice components, will conclude with a scrimmage on July 7.
- Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team on Wednesday alongside defenseman Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild), forwards Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins), and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets).
- The Canadiens extended qualifying offers on Tuesday night to forwards Ryan White and Gabriel Dumont, as well as goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Robert Mayer. Forward Ian Schultz and defensemen Yannick Weber and Joe Stejskal were not extended qualifying offers and are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 5.
- Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, announced that Montreal and Toronto, will co-host the 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.
- Three new staff members have joined the Canadiens AHL affiliate in Hamilton. Marco Marciano, who spent the last three seasons in the QMJHL with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Montreal Junior hockey clubs, will serve as the Bulldogs’ video coach. Eric Lesvesque was named equipment manager and Francis St-Pierre will serve as an assistant to the equipment manager. The pair previously worked for the Rimouski Oceanic.
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced the signing of defenseman Davis Drewiske to a two-year contract extension (2013-14 and 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
- During the ground-breaking ceremony to kick off the Tour des Canadiens condominiums project, Montreal Canadiens owner and President, Geoff Molson took the opportunity to announce that the Bell Centre’s Centennial Plaza will eventually be relocated to the other side of the building, adjacent to Windsor Courtyard. The new Centennial Plaza’s inauguration is currently slated to be held in 2016.
- Molson also took advantage of the occasion to praise the efforts of Canadiens GM, Marc Bergevin, and his accomplishments since taking over the post. Molson went on to state that he was happy with the progress his team has made over the course of their last season and believes the organization is indeed heading in the right direction.
- With the Canadiens still able to buy out one more contract during the current offseason after already having done so with Scott Gomez a few months ago, Molson also stated that while such decisions may be financially difficult, he will never hesitate to make them if the result is an improvement in the team.
- The Canadiens invited 56 players to partipate in their annual Combine at the Bell Sports Complex to evaluate aspects of their personality as well as their physical abilities a few weeks ahead of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Marc Bergevin, announced today that the organization will not renew the contract of goaltending coach Pierre Groulx.
- The Canadiens have announced the hiring of Shane Churla as Chief Amateur Scout.
Churla, 47 years old, comes to the Canadiens after working as an amateur scout with the Dallas Stars organization.
A sixth-round pick of the Hartford Whalers at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Churla spent 11 seasons in the NHL, enjoying stints with the Whalers, Flames, North Stars/Stars, Kings and Rangers. In 488 games, he amassed 26 goals, 45 assists while also logging 2,301 penalty minutes.
- Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower was traded by the Saskatchewan Blades to the Vancouver Giants on Monday. The Canadiens’ second-round pick, 51st overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Thrower scored six goals and 27 points to go with a plus-18 differential in 54 games with the Blades in 2012-13. The 19-year-old defenseman will suit up for his fifth and final WHL campaign next year.
The Round Robin portion of the Memorial Cup came to a close on Wednesday in Saskatoon. The host Blades will have to take the long route if they hope to move on in the tournament, going up against the London Knights later on tonight in the tie-breaker elimination game.
A pair of Canadiens defensive hopefuls, Dalton Thrower and Darren Dietz, will have to win their next three games if they hope to hoist the most prestigious trophy in Canadian junior hockey. In three games thus far, Dietz has scored one goal and recorded six penalty minutes, while Thrower has yet to register a point and picked up two penalty minutes.
Alexei Emelin underwent a reconstructive surgery to his left knee (ACL & MCL). His recovery is estimated to be 6 months.
The 27-year-old defenseman suffered a torn ligament in his left knee after colliding with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during a tilt on April 6 at the Bell Centre. In 38 games during the 2013-13 campaign, Emelin collected three goals and nine assists, while also registering a plus-2 differential. In addition to seeing his ice time increase from an average of 17:17 per game in his rookie year to 19:40 this past season, Emelin led the Canadiens in hits for a second consecutive season with 110, while also picking up 47 blocked shots.