Habs Notebook - Feb. 18, 2011
Jacques’ heritage: Anyone who believes taking part in the Heritage Classic is only special for the players on the ice, think again. For Habs head coach Jacques Martin, this heavily-anticipated outdoor battle with the Flames will be a trip down memory lane for the former goaltender.
“It’s a special event to be a part of. This is a first for me and like everyone else, this brings back childhood memories of playing outside as kid,” remembered Martin who hails from St. Pascal, ON. “I grew up on a farm, skating on frozen rinks. This also brings me back to practicing on the Rideau Canal with the Senators and how special that was and that was only a practice. This is going to be memorable event for us nd we’re all looking forward to it.”
Frozen in time: With already one outdoor game under his belt from his days at the University of Michigan, Michael Cammalleri knows all about what this unique contests are all about. When Cammalleri thinks back to that battle against archrival Michigan State in 2001 which ended in a 3-3 tie, dealing with the elements isn’t what sticks with him most.
“We actually really lucked out with the weather. It was right around 0 degrees Celsius and it was just perfect outside,” recalled Cammalleri of the conditions at the Cold War played before 74,544 fans. “Sure I scored a couple of goals in that game, but what I remember the most is how we were leading 3-2 with a minute left and my teammate Jed Ortmeyer coughed up the puck which led to the tying goal. I’ll always remember that one. I still give him a hard time whenever I see him!”
Benoit Pouliot is not a weather man: While much of the talk surrounding Sunday’s game has centered on the weather and just how frigid the conditions might be, Benoit Pouliot has other more pressing concerns.
“Outdoor games don’t happen every day and not all players will get the chance to experience this in their careers. We need to take full advantage of that,” warned Pouliot. “It’s important to enjoy it, but there are still two points on the line in this game, just like in Vancouver on Tuesday.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com
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