- After staging an intra-squad scrimmage at the Bell Centre on Sunday, the Canadiens resumed training camp workouts on Monday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
- Players were divided into two groups on Monday, the first of which was made up of Canadiens regulars and veterans, along with young guns Charles Hudon, Michael McCarron, Daniel Carr and Sven Andrighetto. The second group consisted primarily of rookies and youngsters.
- Goaltender Carey Price met with members of the media for the first time since Max Pacioretty was named captain. Needless to say, the reigning Vezina Trophy, Hart Trophy, William M. Jennings Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award winner believes Pacioretty will excel in his new role.
“Max has all of the qualities needed to be a good captain,” affirmed Price. “He has matured the fastest of all of the guys drafted around that time. He has a really good head for the game.”
- The Canadiens will open their pre-season schedule on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
The National Hockey League has designated certain games on its upcoming 2015 preseason schedule in which the participating teams will test and practice the new ‘3-on-3’ overtime format. This is done in order to ensure that players, coaches and officials have at least a minimum of exposure to the new overtime format, and that they have a chance to practice the new format before the beginning of the regular season.
Here is a list of the 3 preseason games the Canadiens will play that will feature a five-minute, sudden-death, 3-on-3 overtime period – regardless of the score at the end of regulation time:
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, OCT. 3
Montreal at Ottawa, 7:00 PM
MONTREAL – Team White posted a 6-2 win over Team Red in the Canadian Tire Red vs. White Scrimmage on Sunday afternoon at the Bell Centre.
Tomas Fleischmann put Team Red up by two goals in the second period with a penalty shot tally at 5:46, before both Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto lit the lamp at 6:48 and 12:15 respectively for Team White to tie things up 2-2.
Galchenyuk gave Team White a 3-2 lead just 1:48 into the third period, jumping on a loose puck and beating a helpless Zachary Fucale in close. Lars Eller made it 4-2 for Team White, before Christian Thomas scored Team White's fifth straight goal and upped his squad's lead to 5-2. Dale Weise added Team White's sixth goal late in the final frame.
Carey Price, who started the game for Team Red, made 15 saves on 16 shots against.
MONTREAL – It is with great sadness that the Canadiens learned of the passing of Todd Ewen at the age of 49.
The right-winger, who played four seasons with the CH, was known especially for his tough guy role. He amassed 609 penalty minutes during his time in Montreal.
An eighth-round selected of the Edmonton Oilers back in 1984, Ewen won the Stanley Cup in his last season with the Canadiens in 1993.
A Saskatoon native, Ewen also donned the colors of the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks during his 11-year NHL career. In 518 games, he scored 36 goals and collected 76 points, in addition to racking up 1,911 penalty minutes.
- For the second straight day, the Canadiens played another intra-squad game Saturday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Team Red defeated Team White by a score of 4-2. Lars Eller scored twice while Jeff Petry and Christian Thomas added the insurance markers for Team Red. Tomas Fleischmann and P.K. Subban responded for Team White.
- Intra-squad team rosters were similar to the previous day with a few exceptions. Tom Gilbert, previously sidelined with the flu, made his first appearance at camp. Gilbert’s return shifted Dalton Thrower to Team C, and Zach Fucale switched spots with goaltender Michael McNiven.
- To view a complete list of the players making up each team on Saturday, click here
- Players unable to take part in training camp on Saturday due to injury or illness included Max Pacioretty (Knee), Michael Bournival (Concussion-like symptoms), Mark MacMillan (Knee), Markus Eisenschmid (Abdomen) and Noah Juulsen (Concussion).
- The Habs will play a third and final scrimmage, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m at the Bell Centre, before starting preseason action against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night
- 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.