Labour Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, which is the bad news.
The good news is that means hockey is just around the corner.
The Canadiens will hold their annual golf tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Laval-sur-le-Lac. The Canadiens’ rookie camp, which will be open to the public, will run from Sept. 5-9 at the club’s Brossard practice facility and the main training camp will open on Sept. 11 when players report for medicals. Forty players will take part in the rookie camp, including 18 who were drafted by the Canadiens. Three first-round picks will be at the camp: Michael McCarron (2013), Nathan Beaulieu (2011) and Jarred Tinordi (2010).
The Canadiens will play their first of seven preseason games in 12 days on Sept. 15 when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Bell Centre. The Boston Bruins will be at the Bell Centre the next night.
The regular season opens on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when the Toronto Maple Leafs are at the Bell Centre.
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who grew up on the South Shore of Montreal, will bring the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Châteauguay on Monday, Sept. 2, and have it on display in the parking lot at the Châteauguay Multisports Centre (255 Brisebois Blvd.) from noon until 4 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the goaltender and have their photograph taken with the Cup.
(Gazette file photo/John Mahoney)