(Photo: Dario Ayala, The Gazette)
Dozens of gamers showed up at a Montreal night club Monday evening for the launch of EA Sports NHL 14 and a chance to meet P.K. Subban and George Parros.
Subban and Parros sampled the new video game, the latest installment in the popular franchise, battling head to head in a Habs vs. Habs contest. Subban had the upper hand, beating Parros 2-1.
“I’d like not to talk about that,” Parros cracked.
The 6-foot-5 forward acquired by the Canadiens this summer from the Florida Panthers said he’s enjoying Montreal and has received a really warm welcome. Not surprisingly, he isn’t flying under the radar in hockey-mad Montreal.
“Lots of pictures in grocery stores and stuff,” Parros said.
Subban, who trains in the off-season with Clance Laylor in Toronto, said he’s going into the Canadiens’ training camp the same weight as last year, although probably leaner.
“I’m always in between 218, 220 (pounds),” he said.
Subban’s training regime included several twice-a-day workouts and a 21-day no-carb diet.
“I usually train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday twice, and then once Thursday, once Friday and I skate Sunday nights and that’s it. So it’s usually about 10 times a week,” Subban said.
“I’ve worked hard this summer. I feel good. That’s the most important thing. As long as I feel good and I feel comfortable and confident, then everything else should take care of itself,” he said.
The Canadiens’ training camp kicks off with physical tests and medicals on Wednesday. The first on-ice sessions will be Thursday with a Group A practice from 10-10:45 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. with a game between Group A and Group B. Group B will then practise from 12:15 until 12:50 p.m. The same schedule is set for Friday, but with Group B practising at 10 a.m. and Group A at 12:15.
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 the 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. You can see the preseason schedule by clicking here.