Audio: Hamrlik returns for home opener

Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik (left), practising here last April in Brossard with Tom Pyatt and goalie Carey Price, returns to action in Wednesday’s home opener.
Peter McCabe, Gazette

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Roman Hamrlik | Josh Gorges | Ryan O’Byrne

Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik will be back in the lineup tomorrow night when the Habs take on Habs South, aka the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Hamrlik played alongside Ryan O’Byrne in Brossard practice today. It will be the 1,233rd regular-season NHL game for Hamrlik, who broke into the NHL with the Lightning as an 18-year-old in 1992-93.

Andrei Markov, still rehabbing from his knee surgery, seemed a step closer to his return, but he skated today with Alexandre Picard on the team’s fourth defence combination, suggesting they’ll be spectators tomorrow.

Very unofficial word circulating today has Markov returning Saturday at home vs. Ottawa.

Lots of news today for fans from Bell, with a few initiatives that will make life more interesting for those who follow the Canadiens. See below for that.

From release:

offers new ways for Canadiens fans
to get
closer than ever to their team

Canadiens mobile app for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
TV series
fans behind the scenes
stars will now be selected by fans – including voting by mobile


MONTRÉAL, October 12,
2010 –
the Montréal Canadiens prepare for their home opener tomorrow night at the Bell
Centre, Bell today announced three innovations that will give fans new and
exclusive Canadiens content across multiple broadband platforms.


These initiatives include a TV series available to
Bell customers, an official Canadiens mobile application to enable fans to
closely follow their team, and the chance to vote for each game’s three stars
on mobile phones or online.


“As a part of the Canadiens franchise, Bell
understands that Habs fans have a very special relationship with their team.
Thanks to our leading broadband networks and services, Bell is able to reinforce
that relationship with unique new services featuring exclusive Canadiens
content,” said Stéphane Boisvert, President, Bell Business Markets. “Our
objective is to deliver the best Canadiens experience across all three screens
– mobile, online and TV – and, with our new mobile products, even on the Bell
Centre big screen too. With Bell, hockey just got better.”


“Bell offers a truly unique experience for
Canadiens’ fans through multiple screens. We have a long and strong
relationship with Bell and we believe that fans will take advantage of these
three platforms to live the new Habs experience,” said Pierre Boivin, President
and CEO, Club de hockey Canadien and evenko.


The official
Canadiens mobile app

Bell today unveiled
the official mobile application for the Canadiens, available to all wireless
customers on key mobile platforms such as Android, BlackBerry and iOS. The app
will provide news and official team statistics, and will enable any user to
vote for a game’s three stars.

Bell clients will
have access to game broadcasts from RDS and coach Jacques Martin’s first live
comments after the game. In addition, fans get access to a special social
network where they can exchange comments, photos and videos with other fans and
Bell customers can even instantly share their photos live on the Bell Centre
big screen. Details on how to download the application will be available at


TV series

A new reality show will give fans unprecedented
insight into life with the National Hockey League’s most storied franchise –
directly from the players’ perspective.


Each week, a camera will follow a different player in
his daily routine, giving fans an insider view into both his personal and
professional life. The 30-minute show will be made available first from Bell on
mobile, TV and online from November to December in English and French, before
it’s widely broadcast on RDS, TSN and V in January.


Three stars of the game

For the first time
in Canadiens’ history, the three stars of the game will be selected by fans,
rather than by members of the media, with voting online or by mobile phone.
Bell developed the mobile voting platform for this new approach that brings
fans closer to the game than ever before.


  1. TripleX says:

    My apologies if this thread was already posted, but the mug shot of Mike Ribeiro is a classic.  He looks like a drowned rat.  OMG LOL


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  2. Gorges_the_great says:

    Is it just me or does Martin look like Steve Carell?

  3. Marky Sparky says:

    He does play somewhat big, granted the fact he does not hit which is very upsetting but he does use his body to win a puck battle in the boards as well as not let anyone take the puck from him. When he is on the ice he uses his body to win puck battles but he does not hit alot but that will change within the year.

    Habs Fan since 94

  4. Corio says:

    The puck cast appeared and then suddenly disappeared!

  5. Storm Man says:

    Where did you get a pic of manapart from ?

  6. ZepFan2 says:

    I know. I was just ragging ya’.


    “Wonder how tomorrow could ever follow today.”

  7. Bob Dobbs says:

    You forgot you’re married?

  8. Storm Man says:

    Dream on dude……..

  9. Kooch7800 says:

    I think it will be a tight game.  Tampa is well coached and has a ton of French Canadians who love to play well against the habs.  It will be  true test of this team.  I like getting Hammer back and will be super happy when Markov is back in the line up.

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, the vandals clearly went over the line but when did Road hockey become a crime? Can the kids have any way to just play and enjoy some no-pressure hockey anymore? No, chase them off the road and make sure they can’t enjoy hockey since it’s all power skating camp in summer and endless practice in winter.

    Hockey’s ‘our game’, why are we making it so hard for the kids to enjoy it?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  11. mbplekfan says:

    It’s hard to like a guy who is six foot three and plays small. He doesnt hit or use his size to outmuscle others for the puck, he doesnt play tough or aggressive.


  12. fbkj says:

    i never watched the show, sterns influence in rigging it, was my point ;)

    and yeah wtf is up with him as a judge :(

  13. JohnnyBEast says:

    Ya Marty and Vinny always get up for games in Montreal, I’m sure Gagne will also big up for the game. Hedman probably had a difficult time adjusting to the long nhl season, he came up playing no more than a 55 game season in the swedish elite league. I’m sure he’ll be better this season.

  14. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude,that’s gotta be your sister cus there’s no way ;)

  15. Thomas Le Fan says:

    My “semantics”? Are we arguing over the meaning or use of words here? Perhaps you mean pragmatics since it is only through context that we are able to discern the meaning intended. Regardless. In order to be a Texan you got to at least have lived in Texas once upon a time. The H in CH does not stand for Habs, ya know.    

  16. Marky Sparky says:

    Im Happy Hammer is in the line up but not happy that Picard is most likley the one who will sit the game. I expected alot less from the guy and he has really shown that he can be a good bottom pairing d-man and i even saw him seeing some PP minutes which i was surprised at but he showed that he was able to handle the PP and in the pre-season he scored a goal. I like the guy and hope he sticks around.

    Habs Fan since 94


  17. Xtrahabsfan says:

    lol,you do realize that Price is still recovering  from the Usain Bolt pose…..he won’t be doing that again.

  18. Storm Man says:

    Why don’t you have some pride and find a job.

  19. ZepFan2 says:

    I suppose. Either way, it’s still American Idol (oh no just puked a little).

    I just realised it’s time for a different sig. Tyler is now a judge on AI (great, more puke).


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  20. petrov14 says:

    We cant let Toronto beat us in an all star logo vote! To vote for Canadiens 2009 logo.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  21. larisalapointe says:

    Boucher is kinda cute. lol

  22. forskis says:

    With regards to OB, I think JM has lengthened the leash somewhat and allowing him to learn and make (hopefully only a few) mistakes…like that Tim Brent goal by the Leafs where OB and Picard completely blew coverage; last season, OB would have been on the bench for the rest of the game but he kept throwing the pair out there…I also do not recall OB getting benched in the Pittsburgh game….maybe JM is learning that if you are young you are going to make errors.

    I am somewhat nervous for tomorrow’s game…TB is always a tough game…it could get very good or very bad…TB’s top 2 lines are going to be a handful and is it me or has Viktor Hedman not turned out as well as hoped?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  23. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Go back to your Wisniewski video :0…..

  24. fbkj says:

    dude voting the worst singer into idol was epic


  25. Da Hema says:

    I believe his personal best press was one woman and two bulky police officers….


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  26. J Haul says:

    I hate that we always start on the road and then when we finally do get a home opener, it’s against some crappy obscure team. It’s always the tampa’s and carolina’s of the world. I’m going to the game from out near Toronto and I can’t help but feel cheated that this is the matchup we get.

  27. ZepFan2 says:

    The fact that Stern is even talking about AI, at all, tells me he’s losing it.

    Dude, we’re talking Sanjaya here. There’s no turning back on that one. lol

    Repeat after me…Zep rules!



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  28. mbplekfan says:

    Considering that his playing time has been limited and his butt stapled to the bench in the games he did play I would suggest 20-30 games with a regular shift (no benchings).

    Short leashes dont develop players, they tear them down.

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Weren’t most of them Bulldogs for like 11 months?

    It’s not like the Bulldogs don’t change coaching staff every couple of years.


  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    How much time do you think O’Byrne needs? 7-8 years?

  31. ZepFan2 says:

    Sanjaya? Really??

    Don’t EVER knock CHOM again…EVER!



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  32. ZepFan2 says:

    Is this you…Halak fan

    …and did you wipe off your monitor after you typed that?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  33. Jordio-oh says:

    boooo, get off the stage.

    cut your hair!!!



    see what i did there?  i made about as much sense as you did with regards to hockey, but i did it faster and with more humour.

  34. Matthew says:

    Why is tomorrow’s game going to be so telling? What if he plays really well tomorrow and then sucks on Friday in Buffalo, will that make Saturday’s home game the one that tells the tale of Carey Price in Montreal?

  35. fbkj says:

    hes already written him off, feigning support ftw

  36. DearyLeary says:

    Really?  Third game into the season and you’re ready to write him off before the game even happens?

  37. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “totally fall apart “having the fans boo at him” and self destruct,never to regain his consistency in a C.H. uni.”

    are you for real?  get a grip dude.  Carey’s career does not depend on the third game of the season vs. the Bolts.  I really think you’re out of touch with reality.

  38. fbkj says:

    why does it have to be either or?

  39. Chorske says:

    He throws the body around, but he seems to do so ineffectively. No point registering six hits if you end the game at -2.

  40. J Haul says:

    Brisebois was as much a hab, if not more, than Boucher. The lightning pretty much pillaged our coaching/management departments, especially on the Hamilton side of things.

  41. J Haul says:

    Part of that could simply be a balance issue. That can be worked on. I don’t think physical strength is the root cause. I’m sure he can bench press like 3 ladies, purses included.

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    A Q&A with Louis Leblanc.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. Chips says:

    I think we need to show some confidence in OB (which is what JM apperas to be doing), that way he hopefully gets some in himself. I though he played well against Pitt.

    25 in 2011

  44. flowerpower_74 says:

    effin right Daryll…how’s the weather down in Wemindji?


    Habs will gel as a team.



  45. habs365 says:

    The Habs will give tampa all they can handle, they’re playing very good hockey and they’ll only get better as the season progress.

  46. flowerpower_74 says:

    I think another reason why they call it “Habs South” is all the thousands of Quebecers who retire in Tampa and some who choose to live there in the Winter months. The Arena can’t be filled with just Floridians and Cubans who love Hockey…



    Habs will gel as a team.

  47. Mrhab24 says:

    Or someone to do it for him.


    …I’m on a horse!

  48. mbplekfan says:

    Considering that he know’s he is on such a short leash he plays tight. That leads to turnovers and bad decisions. If he was given some playing time and little mistakes were tolerated instead of punished he might prove some people wrong.

    Spacek was terrible in the pre-season. If OB had played like that he’d be in Hamilton right now. MAB was given all sorts of rope last year. Most times his play was much worse than OB’s, yet he got regular shifts.

    Im all for giving OB the time he needs because we desperately need his size and toughness in the lineup.

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    The Hamilton Bulldogs are property of the Montreal Canadiens. The players have a CH on their jersey in Hamilton, they are Habs assets. Your semantics are ridiculous.

  50. JerryMcgoo says:

    I can’t decide if that scares me more than last game when I saw O’B on the ice with Picard…

  51. avatar_58 says:

    What’s the difference? Stars don’t really mean anything, it’s just a tip of the hat to a player who contributed most to the win, or a player who almost won it.

  52. Da Hema says:

    What is strange about O’Byrne is that while he is big, and Big, and BIG, he is curiously not strong. He frequently falls on his arse when barely checked by smaller opponents, and frankly Gionta hits his opponents with greater force. Very strange.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  53. LA Loyalist says:

    That’s the best you can bring? Check your Carey Price fanbot(tm) handbook and look in the index. Surely you can do better.



    “I thought we were talking about waitresses on Bishop St.”

  54. SmartDog says:

    What is it about O’Byrne playing with a returning D-man who hasn’t seen a game in six months that scares the bejesus out of me?  I know!  Everything!


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

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