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:

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

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

 

MONTRÉAL, October 12,
2010 –
As
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
bell.ca/canadiens.

 

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.

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