- After undergoing physical and medical testing on Thursday, players hit the ice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday morning to begin preparing for the 2015-16 campaign.
- The 2015 Main Camp consists of three groups – Team A, Team B and Team C. All three teams participated in on-ice sessions on Day 2 of training camp.
- Among those players on Team A are Carey Price, Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Torrey Mitchell. Team B includes the likes of Dustin Tokarski, Alexei Emelin, Jeff Petry, Greg Pateryn, Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Semin, Jacob De La Rose, David Desharnais, Dale Weise and Devante Smith-Pelly, while Josiah Didier and Mac Bennett are among eight players who make up Team C.
- To view a complete list of the players making up each team on Friday, click here.
- Players unable to take part in training camp workouts on Friday due to injury or illness included Max Pacioretty (Knee), Tom Gilbert (Flu), Michael Bournival (Concussion-like symptoms), Mark MacMillan (Knee), Markus Eisenschmid (Abdomen) and Noah Juulsen (Concussion).
- At 11 a.m., Team A scrimmaged against Team B in front of a packed house, with Team A earning a 2-1 shootout victory. Alexander Semin and Zack Kassian lit the lamp in regulation, while Brian Flynn scored the shootout winner. Fans are invited to come back again when Team A and Team B square off on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
- Earlier in the day, the Canadiens announced that the players had selected Max Pacioretty as the 29th captain in team history. In addition, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher were named as Pacioretty's assistants.
MONTREAL – On Wednesday, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban announced his Foundation will be making a donation of $10 million over seven years to the Montreal Children's Hospital.
This is the largest philanthropic commitment by a professional athlete in Canadian history.
"Today is a special day for me," said Subban during the press conference held in the new P.K. Subban Atrium which was inaugurated on Wednesday. "Montreal has become my second home, so I want to give back to the children and their families. "
At the press conference, the defenseman also thanked the Montreal Canadiens organization.
"The Canadiens are committed to me and my family for eight years," said Subban. "Without this commitment, I would not be able to do this."
MONTREAL - Forwards Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix - QMJHL) and Jeremiah Addison (Ottawa 67's - OHL) and defenseman Simon Bourque (Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL) were returned to their junior teams on Monday.
- After coming up just short against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2015 Rookie Tournament opener on Friday night, the Canadiens’ young guns will be back in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top prospects on Saturday at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON.
- Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre and his staff ran players through a 45 minute workout in preparation for their second game in as many nights.
“It definitely seems like we’re a different team than the one that was out there on Friday. We came out confident this morning. We were looking to execute the drills well and make tape-to-tape passes every time we moved the puck. It went well,” offered Charles Hudon, who says the rookie group is slowly beginning to gel with every passing day. “We’re having more and more fun every time we hit the ice together. We’re starting to build some good chemistry.”
- Forwards Sam Studnicka and Jamal Watson will see action on Saturday evening, as will defensemen Travis Brown and Josiah Didier. For their part, forwards Brandon McNally and Dryden Hunt, and rearguards Mac Bennett and Simon Bourque, will be scratched from Lefebvre’s lineup.
- Eighteen-year-old Michael McNiven will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. The Georgetown, ON native, who posted a 15-8-0 record and a 2.79 goals-against average in 24 games for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack last season, is eagerly anticipating his debut between the pipes.
“It’s definitely an eye-opener. Not everyone gets this chance. There’s a select few goalies here from different teams, and it’s a great opportunity. I’m sure the guys will play great in front of me and make it that much easier,” offered McNiven, who is one of five rookie camp invitees on site this weekend in the Forest City. “It’s going to be my first start ever in this kind of situation, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been pretty pumped up for the last couple of weeks leading up to rookie camp.”
McNiven, who spent the bulk of the summer training in Guelph, ON, also sought out the assistance of renowned strength and conditioning coach, Ben Prentiss, in Connecticut, to ready himself for the rookie camp experience.
“This summer was definitely the biggest one yet, especially with me coming to development camp a little overweight and everything [back in early July]. I took most of my summer to get my nutrition down pat, and it looks pretty good right now. I’ve lost almost 11 pounds since then, and I’m looking to lose about five more,” shared McNiven, who watched Zachary Fucale ply his trade in goal on Friday afternoon against Pittsburgh. “It would be nice to be more agile and quicker on my feet. My weight has been my focus this summer, though, and so far it’s been going good.”
The young netminder will have plenty of fan support in the stands against Toronto, as family members aplenty will be in town to watch him strut his stuff and take another important step forward in his career. That should only to add to his excitement leading up to puck drop at 7:35 p.m. EST.
“Honestly, we didn’t have too many Leafs fans in my family growing up. They weren’t Habs fans, either. But, they’re all be coming out tonight. I’ve got a couple of aunts and uncles from around here, too,” mentioned McNiven. “It’s going to be a fun game for them to watch and for me to be involved in also. I’m sure they’re all looking forward to it.”
- Tim Bozon is coming off a strong performance in Friday night’s loss to Mike Sullivan’s squad in which he scored the game-tying goal with just 69 seconds remaining in regulation time. It was a good way for the 21-year-old to kick-start his rookie camp experience this time around, as he enters the pro ranks on a full-time basis come the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
“The objective is always to last with the team as long as possible. I’d definitely like to play some exhibition games with the big club, but I have to earn that. It’s up to me to work hard and to earn my spot. I’m taking things day by day and trying to get even better with every shift in every game. I’m committed to that day-by-day approach,” explained Bozon, who registered 35 goals and 63 points in 57 games with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice last season. “It’s my first year as a pro and I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m confident that I’ve put in the right amount of work for it. We’ll see what happens.”
Assigned to Kootenay last October after taking part in both rookie camp and main camp with the Canadiens, Bozon believes the move ultimately paid serious dividends for his career.
“I would have said the opposite before [returning to Kootenay], but now I’d say it was a positive experience. At the end of the season, I realized that it was a good idea and that it paid off. I wasn’t happy about the decision last summer, but I realized it did me some good. It helped me come back 100 percent healthy,” offered Bozon, who battled meningitis in March 2014. “When I was at training camp last year, I thought I was 100 percent, but that wasn’t the case. I needed a good year to come back. I had a lot of ice time in a lot of situations in Kootenay, and I had a lot of workout time off-ice, too.”
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MONTREAL -- Defenseman Noah Juulsen will not participate in the Canadiens rookie camp due to a concussion.
Markus Eisenschmid & Mark MacMillan (injuries) will not play in the rookie tournament in London. Sam Studnicka (Ottawa – OHL) added to the roster.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that forward Max Pacioretty suffered a knee injury. His recovery is expected to be 12 weeks.
Pacioretty, 26, suffered his injury while working out off-ice in Florida, Thursday, July 9, 2015.
- On Thursday morning, prospects and invitees took part in the third and final development camp scrimmage at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Team White came out flying in the opening frame. Invitee Ryan Johnston opened the scoring, before Lukas Vejdemo beat Team Red starter Zachary Fucale on a penalty shot attempt to give Team White a 2-0 lead. Taylor Burke capped the scoring in the first period, putting a wrist shot past Fucale to give Team White a 3-0 advantage.
Jeremy Gregoire scored the lone goal of the second period for Team White, lifting his squad to a 4-0 lead. For his part, invitee Dryden Hunt got Team Red on the board. His goal, which was initially deemed to have hit the crossbar, was eventually credited to him during the second intermission.
Invitee Angelo Miceli made it 5-1 for Team White in the third period, before Daniel Carr responded for Team Red. Then, Johnston struck again for Team White to make it 6-2. Invitee Ryan Rosenthal scored the final goal of the game for Team Red as Team White skated to a 6-3 victory.
- Prospect Noah Juulsen agreed to terms on a three-year, entry level contract with the Canadiens on Thursday. The 18-year-old, who was selected 26th overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, was pleased to make things official.
“It’s an amazing feeling. Everyone wants to get that opportunity, but not everyone does. I’m just lucky enough to have that opportunity,” offered Juulsen, who met with members of the media moments after signing his contract.
- The Canadiens’ Development Camp continued for a fourth straight day on Wednesday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Prospects and invitees took part in skating and puck-handling drills once again during the morning practice sessions.
- The day concluded with the second of three scheduled scrimmages. The third and final scrimmage will take place on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. EST at the Bell Sports Complex.
- After missing Tuesday’s scrimmage due to family reasons, Connor Crisp was back on the ice on Wednesday. He suited up for Team White.
- Come scrimmage time, Mac Bennett and Daniel Audette gave Team Red a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Both players capitalized on rebounds to beat goaltender Alex Dubeau. For his part, Artturi Lehkonen failed to score on a penalty shot opportunity. He was unable to put the puck past Matthew Mancina. Team White got things going late in the period, as Taylor Burke found the back of the net to cut Team Red’s lead to 2-1.
Team Red put the game out of reach in the second period, courtesy of goals by Audette, Charles Hudon and Markus Eisenschmid, who scored twice down the stretch to pace his squad to a 6-2 victory. Zachary Fucale was stellar between the pipes, conceding just one goal in 40 minutes played. Only Tim McGauley managed to score on the Rosemere native.
- The Canadiens’ Development Camp continued for a third straight day on Tuesday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Prospects and invitees took part in coordination and puck-handling drills during the morning practice sessions.
- The day concluded with the first of three scheduled scrimmages. The second scrimmage will take place on Wednesday at 4 p.m., while the final one will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
- Director of player development Martin Lapointe met the media on Tuesday afternoon. He discussed the progress of several prospects at camp, and his philosophy surrounding the development of young players over the course of the week.
- Five players didn't take part in Tuesday's scrimmage due to injury, including Dalton Thrower (knee), Noah Juulsen (shoulder), Mark MacMillan (knee), Sven Andrighetto (shoulder) and Nikita Scherbak (knee). Those players will not take part in any scrimmages for the duration of the camp. Connor Crisp also missed the opening scrimmage due to family reasons. He should be back in Brossard on Wednesday. For his part, Jake Evans returned to the University of Notre Dame.
- Forward Markus Eisenschmid stole the show during the first scrimmage, scoring the first two goals of the game for Team White. He scored early in the first period on a perfectly placed shot, before lighting the lamp again on a penalty shot opportunity, beating goaltender Michael McNiven with a slick move.
Then, in the latter stages of the opening frame, Team Red mounted a comeback. Jeremy Gregoire got things going with a goal on Zachary Fucale. Lukas Vejdemo kept things going by banging a loose puck past Fucale to tie things up 2-2.
Brandon MaGee put Team Red ahead 3-2 early in the second period, before Charles Hudon responded for Team White with a blast that beat Alex Dubeau. Artturi Lehkonen followed that up with a tally for Team Red. Then, Dryden Hunt tied things up at four with a goal for Team White to cap the scoring in regulation time.
Lehkonen and Michael McCarron scored in the shootout to lift Team Red to a 5-4 win.
MONTREAL - The Bell Centre will look a little more authentic when Habs fans power on their video game consoles this fall.
EA Sports announced this week that Youppi! will be among the mascots included in the studio’s upcoming NHL 16 release.
With playoff beards already set to debut in this year’s edition of the popular NHL series, what remains to be seen now is whether Youppi! will sprout a digital version of his traditional Movember ‘stache come November.
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