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 Thrower, Brady 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 canadiens.com and evenko.ca, 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)