There was a strange scene recently in the Swiss A League: Canadiens teammates David Desharnais and Yannick Weber were on opposing teams.
Desharnais, playing with Fribourg-Gottéron, was chasing the puck when he ran into Geneva-Servette defenceman Weber.
“Playing Davey was a bit strange,” Weber told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs with a laugh late Thursday night from the Swiss ski-resort town of Arosa.
“There were a couple of situations when we both went into the corner, I hit him and then we kinda laughed about it, having to fight a teammate to get the puck.
“It’s a little bit less physical here than in the NHL, but it was weird. You have to take it seriously because, at the end of the day, you want to win the battles in the corner. But we laughed about it afterward.”
You can read Stubbs’s entire column on Weber’s experience in the Swiss league during the NHL lockout by clicking here.
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