Canadiens centre David Desharnais took part in Monday’s RBC Canadian Open pro-am at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on Île-Bizard, firing an 88 in his first round ever on the course.
Desharnais has a 14 handicap.
“I’m normally shooting 85 to 90,” he told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.
Desharnais told Stubbs he took a two weeks off following the Canadiens’ elimination in the Eastern Conference final before starting dryland training for the 2014-15 season and that he will be back on the ice later this week.
“I’ve got two months left until training camp, so that’s pretty good,” he told Stubbs. “The rest after the season was more mental than physical. You have a couple injuries, nothing serious, so the two weeks off were perfect.”
Desharnais also noted that the Canadiens’ dressing room will be different next season following the departure of captain Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges.
“It’s going to be different, for sure. The wheel is turning,” Desharnais said. “Everybody needs to step up and show more leadership, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Desharnais added that he will miss Ryan White, who was not offered a contract by the Canadiens and is still looking for a job.
“Whitey is a big friend of mine,” Desharnais said. “It will be a big loss for me personally and I think for the room.”
(Photo by Phil Carpenter/The Gazette)