- 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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- Habs hopefuls hit the Bell Sports Complex ice for the first time on Sunday morning, as part of the team's development camp. The prospects arrived in Brossard on Saturday, where they underwent a variety of physical, medical and psychological tests. The training then began on Sunday morning, with 43 players taking part in on- and off-ice sessions.
Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.
An original IceCap, Pasquale played three seasons in St. John’s from 2011-12 to 2013-14 and holds many team records, including most games played by a netminder – 112.
Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers 117th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft., Pasquale was traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the Washington Capitals last summer in an exchange of draft picks. However, the 24-year-old, Toronto native sat out the entire 2014-15 season recuperating from hip surgery.
MONTREAL - The Canadiens will play their 2015-16 home opener against the New York Rangers on Thursday, October 15 at the Bell Centre.
Before kicking off their home schedule, the Canadiens will open the season against Mike Babcock's Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, October 7 as well as taking part in Ottawa and Pittsburgh's home openers, on Sunday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 13, respectively.
The Canadiens' full 2015-16 season schedule will be unveiled on Thursday, June 25.
MONTREAL - Marc Bergevin will be one of the assistants for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Hockey Canada called upon the Canadiens GM to act as an assistant to Doug Armstrong (St. Louis Blues), who will also have Ken Holland (Detroit Red Wings) Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks), Rob Blake (Los Angeles Kings) and Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada) on staff.
Bergevin will join Team Canada in a management role for the first time.
“These are some of the most respected and successful men in hockey, and we could not be more excited for them to lead Team Canada into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,” said Tom Renney, president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “There is a lot of work to be done between now and Sept. 17, 2016, and as a staff we look forward to working with the management group as we look toward a second consecutive World Cup championship for Team Canada.”
He was a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year award for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Prior to joining Montreal, Bergevin was the director of player personnel for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, and served as assistant general manager during the 2011-12 season. As a player, Bergevin represented his country just once, helping Canada end a 33-year gold medal drought at the 1994 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He played 21 NHL seasons with eight teams after being selected 59th overall by Chicago in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.
With files and information from Hockey Canada.
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Learning from the best
Michael McCarron and the Oshawa Generals are 2015 Memorial Cup champions.
After a slow start on Sunday, the Generals bounced back to start the second period, tying the game at one goal apiece in the middle frame before Anthony Cirelli scored the game winner to defeat the Kelowna Rockets in overtime.
Although McCarron was held scoreless in the final, he made his presence felt physically, dishing out six hits over the course of the evening as well as nearly finding the winner himself midway through the third.
For a moment it looked like extra time would not be needed after Hunter Smith appeared to score late in the third, but the would-be go-ahead goal was eventually waved off for a high stick.
The Canadiens’ first-round pick in 2013, McCarron made his second career Memorial Cup appearance in Quebec City, following last year’s participation with the London Knights.