Hamilton Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont didn’t get much sleep before reporting to the Canadiens practice facility in Brossard for medical tests.
Dumont, who leads the Bulldogs in points, learned he was getting an invitation to the Canadiens’ training camp early Saturday morning after the Bulldogs returned to Hamilton from their game in Rochester.
“I still was smiling while I was sleeping. So it was really good to get that call,” he said.
Dumont is one of four Bulldogs players invited to the Canadiens camp, which is expected to open on Sunday. The other are forward Brendan Gallagher and defencemen Jarred Tinordi, the Habs’ first-round draft pick in 2010, and Mike Commodore, 33, who signed a professional tryout contract with the Bulldogs in late November.
Forward Louis Leblanc, the Habs’ first-round draft pick in 2009, wasn’t invited to camp. Leblanc, who was injured earlier this season, played more games with the Canadiens than the Bulldogs last season.
Alex Galchenyuk, who was drafted third overall by the Canadiens in last June’s draft, was also invited to camp. The 18-year-old forward has 27 goals so far this season with the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League.
Asked by a reporter about his goal for his first training camp, Galchenyuk said he just wanted to have fun and see how he plays against NHL players and where he fits in here. “And we’ll see what happens.” You can hear more of his comments below:
Tinordi said he improved a lot since the start of the year and mentioned his skating and puck control. “I think I still have a lot to learning to do but it’s been a good year so far,” Tinordi said.
You can hear more from Tinordi below:
Commodore, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning last season, sounded philosophical heading into camp. “Hopefully it will turn into something good. At the very least they want to take a look at me. I know they have a lot of defencemen here. Whatever happens, happens. I’m fine with that,” Commodore said.
“I just want to come here and have a good week of practice and do my best.” You can hear more of his comments below:
Canadiens players were also in Brossard on Saturday for medical tests.