Crisp gets hat-trick in final rookie scrimmage; 55 players invited to main camp

The Canadiens’ rookie camp wrapped up Monday with an 11 a.m. Red vs. White scrimmage in Brossard that turned into a blowout.

Team Red, led by three goals from Connor Crisp (photo above), beat Team White 8-1. Crisp, who was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (71st overall) at this year’s NHL draft, is the nephew of former NHL player and coach Terry Crisp.

Also scoring for Team Red were Erik  Nystrom with two goals, Dalton ThrowerBrady Vail and Joel Gervais-Chouinard. Michael Bournival scored the lone goal for Team White. Michael Condon stopped 17 of 18 shots for Team Red and Zach Fucale stopped all seven shots he faced. For Team White, Peter Delmas stopped 11 of 14 shots and Christopher Festarini made 11 saves on 16 shots.

While the rookies were holding their Red vs. White scrimmage, 22 regulars from the Canadiens practised and then played a game of five-on-five shinny on the second rink in Brossard. Newcomer George Parros seemed to be the man in charge, drawing up the drills on a board and running the practice before the shinny game started. Louis Leblanc was among the 22 players on the ice.

The rookie game was delayed for a minute or so while the regular Habs players came out of the locker room and skated across the main practice rink to get to the second rink. Parros received the biggest ovation from the crowd watching the rookies and flashed a big smile from behind his moustache in return.

After the final rookie scrimmage, the Canadiens announced that 55 players, including 23 of the 40 players who attended the rookie camp, will take part in the main training camp, which begins Wednesday in Brossard with physicals and fitness testing. The players will have their first official on-ice session Thursday.

Tweeted excited rookie goalie Fucale after the list of 55 players was announced: “Montreal Canadiens main camp!”

Tweeted first-round draft pick Michael McCarron, en francais: “Ravi d’être invité au gros camp. Merci de votre soutien!! Canadiens main camp! #Habs”

On Saturday, the Canadiens will play an informal Red vs. White scrimmage at the Bell Centre, starting at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $5 (taxes included) and are available at and, or through the Bell Centre’s ticket office. Each ticketholder will receive a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a soft drink. Proceeds from this scrimmage game will be donated to the Fonds Avenir Lac-Mégantic.

The Canadiens will play their first exhibition games at the Bell Centre Sunday night against Buffalo and Monday against Boston. All seven preseason games will be televised by RDS. You can see the preseason schedule by clicking here.

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

55 players invited to main camp,

List of players invited to main camp,

Habs invite Crisp to main camp, by Pat Hickey

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  2. HABZ24 says:

    Holy crap i got to get rds fast !

  3. B says:

    I believe the calibre of play was higher at the rookie camp scrimmage than in the OHL, so Crisp’s latest hat trick came against a higher level of competition than his previous two recent ones. Nice to see him finding the back of the net so frequently these days, I hope the trend continues.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  4. Cal says:

    To follow up- apologies if this has been posted before- The Jays will play in Montreal next spring.
    The Jays are trying to be Canada’s team. Hahahahahahahah!
    For those who want the MLB back in Montreal, here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is. I just hope no 50 tonne concrete slabs fall on anyone’s head.

  5. Bill says:

    @Hobie: preferably teams have really good two-way dmen. Markov and Subban are both very good defenders as well as attackers.

    Beaulieu is also good defensively. He doesn’t have Tinordi’s size, but he is physical too. Hence why he should be better overall down the road.

    Dietz is an NHL long shot. If he makes it he’ll be a Gorges clone.

    All just my opinion obviously.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      He “should” be down the road, but I really think Tinordi has the mental makeup and the physical makeup which “will” make him excellent for us down the road. Beaulieu still has much further to go, especially given the kind of role he will eventually play, this takes more time to develop. Will or could be awesome if indeed he also succeeds. He appears to have all the physical talents required, now he just has to develop.

      • krob1000 says:

        Beaulieu has (until a drunken mistake) been regarded similarly. His Dad may not be able to ahndle his booze but he is a respected coach and great hockey mann as well. Both should have the hockey IQ, drive and character to succeed as both been raised by the hockey community.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          My views on Beaulieu have little to do with the summer escapade. I am simply talking about his on ice performance. I went to many Bulldog games last season, and I feel at this point in time, Tinordi is more NHL ready based on his style of play than Nathan.

          I think the summer boozefest is being overreacted to, not by way of excusing the behaviour, but rather he is young and will make mistakes. I am assuming he learns from that.

          • krob1000 says:

            I have only sen his handful of NHL games…I thought he looked pretty composed considering. He looked more comfortable and posied then Weber or O’Byrne ever really did. The Habs are ina pretty enviable spot….injury should not be so much to deal with this year.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Beaulieu is not a small guy either. He is bigger than most of our current D now. I think he will get even better defensively as well.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

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