Notebook - Oct.2, 2010
All Grown Up: Some of the older fans lining the stands at the Coliseum might recognize a well-known player taking the ice tonight…even if he’s a little older now than the last time he passed through town.
“It’s been 15 years now since the last time I played here,” explained Michael Cammalleri. “I was playing in a pee-wee tournament that we won. I ended up scoring a big goal, the tying goal, right at the end of the game. I’ll never forget that moment and how it felt.”
Crowd Connection: For a hockey player from Quebec, the thought of playing a game in the province’s capital is exciting to say the least – especially when you have the fans in your corner.
“It’ll happen sometimes that we play away games in arenas where our fans are actually the majority. We’ll see that in places like Atlanta or when we play the Islanders,” noted St. Leonard native, Maxim Lapierre. “But in Quebec, it’s even more special. This is a first for me and I’m absolutely enjoying every moment of the experience.
Painful Memories: While he may never have played the Nordiques at the Pepsi Coliseum, Jeff Halpern still has a few good memories from his time spent in Quebec City.
“I’ve played a couple of games here, even going as far back as a pee-wee tournament I was in. The last time I played at the Coliseum was for a World Cup exhibition game. I don’t think I’m the only one who specifically remembers that game either. It was the one where the national anthem singer wiped out on the ice.”
Last Shot: During their Saturday morning practice session in front of at least 1000 people at the Pepsi Coliseum, Canadiens head-coach Jacques Martin still has a few last-minutes decisions to make for tonight’s lineup against the Islanders. Brian Gionta, Ben Maxwell, Alex Henry and Yannick Weber all spent a little extra time on the ice along with injured players Roman Hamrlik and Andrei Markov, and most likely will not play in Saturday night’s game.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.
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