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.
Alex Galchenyuk completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness.
Mike Weaver completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness.
Brandon Prust completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness with a little help from DJ extraordinaire, Tiesto.
Michel Therrien and Youppi! both completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
P.K. Subban completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness.
Brendan Gallagher completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness.
Marc Bergevin completed the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness.
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.