(Photo: Dave Sidaway The Gazette)
Parros, who was acquired by the Habs from the Florida Panthers in July, said he was looking forward to playing in a “hockeycentric” environment.
“It’s such a storied franchise. There’s a lot of history here and certainly you capture the attention of a greater audience here in Montreal, so I’m looking forward to that,” Parros said.
Parros estimates he has 20,000 new followers on Twitter since he was acquired by Montreal, including probably 9,000 within minutes of the trade.
Parros had surgery in May for a rotator cuff tear and isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for the Canadiens’ season opener on Oct. 1 at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has been rehabbing the injury all summer.
“It’s been going really well. So I hope it continues and I hope to start the season on time,” he said.
“But … we’re just not sure. We’ll see how the shoulder responds coming up here.”
Former Philadelphia Flyers centreman Brière grew up watching and rooting for the Canadiens and signed with the team as a free agent in July.
“To finally be here, to be part of this family is something very special to me,” Brière said.
“I’m not coming here to be a passenger. ..I want to make a difference,” he added.
“I want to be a guy that they can rely on for offence and someone that can help at any time.”
Twenty-two Canadiens’ players attended the golf event to raise money for the Montreal Canadiens’ Children’s Foundation. Tomas Plekanec, whose father passed away on the weekend, was absent, as was Davis Drewiske, whose mother is ill.
Below you can watch video of interviews with Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, GM Marc Bergevin and players P.K. Subban, Parros and Brière: