Bulldogs at the Bell Centre Friday night

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The Hamilton Bulldogs are gearing up for their re-match against the Syracuse Crunch in front of a different home crowd.

The two teams will face off at the Bell Centre on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs left Hamilton at 6 a.m. Thursday for the bus ride to Montreal and hit the ice at the Bell Centre mid-afternoon for practice.

“When the schedule came out and we saw that we were going to get the opportunity to play here it was really cool,” said Bulldogs forward Brendan Gallagher.

“Obviously we’re really excited to play in front of this crowd and show them the type of team that we are,” Gallagher said.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Jarred Tinordi, who was the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2010.

“We’ll probably have a great crowd here tomorrow night. I think everyone’s really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a really fun game.”

Sylvain Lefebvre, the Bulldogs’ head coach, praised the 6-foot-6 defenceman’s play when he met with the media after practice.

“He’s really solid. He’s a guy who plays against the best lines on the other side practically every night,” Lefebvre said.

The level of play in the American Hockey League is very high this year, which is great for the Bulldogs’ young players, Lefebvre said: “because they get to see right away what it would be like to play in the NHL.”

“Of course, the NHL is another step above. But at the same time it prepares them even better.”

Having so many young players at the same time, Lefebvre said they need to make sure they’re “well-surrounded, well-structured and well-prepared.”

A sports psychologist visits occasionally and a nutritionist also helps out the players, taking them to the grocery store and showing them how to cook a bit, Lefebvre said.

“I think it’s so important that these guys only have to think about hockey ­- and nothing else.”

“Obviously it’s a big change for them – for most of them. But I think also that the veterans on the team help them out quite a bit and that’s nice.”

You can listen to rookie Patrick Holland talk about the adjustment to playing professional hockey in the video below:

Nearly 15,000 tickets have been sold so far for Friday’s game. The team has typically played in front of crowds of about 12,000 at the 21, 273-seat Bell Centre.

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

26 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    Right back at you Bri. ;-) Cue the music.

    How long can this keep goin’ on?
    How long can this keep goin’ on?

    Don’t pretend this is just an occasion
    Where the ends justifies greedy means
    Cuz both sides are pig headed and brazen
    and the fans aren’t as dumb as they seem.

    And the season that you’ve been suspendin’
    You break up our own game in this way,
    Cuz you’re just so obtuse and offendin’
    To abandon the sport for more pay

    How long can this keep goin’ on?
    How long can this keep goin’ on?

    No one cares about fan aggravations,
    When the league just has too many teams
    And the bottom line trumps all traditions
    Sell the game like American dreams

    And this process is so condescendin’
    To take us to extremes in this way,
    We just hope that this madness is endin’,
    Soon enough so some hockey they’ll play.

    So long can this keep goin’ on?
    How long can this keep goin’ on?
    How long can this keep goin’ on?
    …..

    • Bripro says:

      Sweet. Great job! It’s not so hard, eh?
      And don’t tell me you don’t enjoy this.
      You’re pretty good at it.

      *********************************************
      “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

    • Cal says:

      And the closet parody writer steps out from the, um, closet.
      He got that groove thing on.

      • HardHabits says:

        Somebody needs to raise the bar higher here. :-P

        I am not against good parody. What I find tiresome are the numerous failed attempts, many of which provided by you.

        The object in this exercise is to ensure that the lyrics actually fit the original song’s melody and the metre of the words match the rhythm. As well not only do the passages need to rhyme (a concept you are still unclear on) they should have a rhyming pattern similar to the original.

        So nice try but no cigar. Learn from the master.

  2. Hi guys,

    I’m having a heckuva time finding info on Habs ticket refunds for games cancelled due to the lockout. Have any of you had any luck getting your money back?

    Thanks!

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

    • 24 Cups says:

      If you bought your ticket through Ian for the Summit, you should know that the tickets (and money) is being held by the Habs for the next Summit in 2013. This was arranged by Ian.

      If you bought your ticket individually, then the Hab front office will credit your credit card about ten days after the cancelled game date.

  3. Rad says:

    How about we listen in to what Sylvain Lefebvre has to say about Jarred Tinordi:

    “He’s really solid. He’s a guy who plays against the best lines on the other side practically every night”

  4. ProHabs says:

    Would TomNickle be able to ask his inside source (the one that said we were getting Patrick Kane) when this lockout will be over.

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Somewhere tonight Tim Thomas is unhappy.

    And that’s a good thing.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  6. Bripro says:

    A tribute to HH and his recent lyrical efforts. Cheers!

    Hockey Frustration Song no. 21

    Cue the music!

    Hey j-j-jaded,
    you’ve imposed your style
    But you’re yesterday’s yawn to me
    So Bettman
    You think that’s where it’s at
    But is that where it’s supposed to be
    You’re spreading it across the league
    X-Rated

    Some commish are you
    Yeah I been wondrin’ about you
    To do just what you do
    Yeah you’re so jaded
    And now it’s time to say “à Dieu!”

    Mister jaded,
    In all it’s misery
    It’s the only game that I loved and hated
    Were you take a glide to the other side
    Of the game we love
    You’d see the glory from above
    Or be jaded

    Some commish are you
    Yeah I been wondrin’ about you
    To do what you can do
    Now fans so jaded
    We’re no longer afraid of you

    Your thinking’s so complicated
    We’ve had it all up to here
    Players so overrated
    Loved and hated
    Wouldn’t trade them
    Don’t be jaded

    Hey G-G-Gary
    There ain’t no hockey please
    When you’re shootin down their offers
    When everything you see is a blur
    And your ego’s what you prefer

    Some commish are you
    Yeah I been wondrin’ about you
    How hard just to be you
    Yeah we’ve been talkin’ about you
    Lit’l wee man are you
    Yeah you’re so jaded
    Bettman
    Jaded
    Bettman
    You’re so jaded
    ‘Cause hockey is not made for you

    *********************************************
    “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

  7. Timo says:

    Put Gomer on that bus.

    • Bripro says:

      :)

      EDIT: Why would you want to do that? We want them to win…
      *********************************************
      “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

  8. HardHabits says:

    I am so going.

  9. jols101 says:

    Monahan has some silky smooth skills. Would be nice in a Habs uni if we struggle again this season(if there is one).

    M. Subban with lightning quick reflexes and can stretch his legs out for miles. Unfortunately the B’s got a beauty in him…

  10. habsfan0 says:

    “The Bulldogs left Hamilton at 6 a.m. Thursday for the bus ride to Montreal and hit the ice at the Bell Centre mid-afternoon for practice.”

    After a 7 hour bus ride from Hamilton to Montreal,they hit the ice for practice? Brutal.

    Taking the train would have been somewhat more expensive,but would have allowed the players to stretch their legs while en route.

    • ProHabs says:

      I don’t think they were travelling in a school bus. Voyager buses aren’t so bad.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      IMO the best reason to send every player to the AHL before the NHL ( even guys like PK Subban) isn’t to let them get better at hockey, it’s to get them accustomed to driving 7 hours, then practising, then playing the next day, then driving another 7 hours, only to arrive at their own apartment where they need to cook their own meals, and wash their own dishes, before doing their own laundry. For some of these players the AHL is their first taste of “real life”.

      • neumann103 says:

        This is a really good point. In the previous thread I mentioned that I thought on merit alone last year Gallagher should have made the Habs out of camp, but that sending him back to junior was the right decision. I expected the same this year and that still a year with the Bulldogs would be the right decision.

        This is both a hockey thing and a personal thing. Maybe it is different for the Sidney Crosbys who have been prepared half their life for superstardom, but even those guys have benefited in their NHL transitions from things like living with Mario Lemieux.

        I am struck when I see interviews with kids of this age and they really are talking about figuring out how to cook something more complicated than a grilled cheese sandwich for the first time in their lives.

        “Et le but!”

  11. Hobie Hansen says:

    GO DOGS GO!


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