Patrick Holland grew up wanting be Jerry Seinfeld. He’ll have to settle for being a Hab.
Holland (photo above) was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday along with fellow forward Mike Blunden and defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. Beaulieu, who has has been up and down like a yo-yo this season between the NHL and AHL, had been quietly sent to Hamilton on the weekend before being recalled yet again.
“When I was growing up, I wanted to be Jerry Seinfeld,” Holland told reporters in Brossard following Monday’s practice as the Canadiens prepare to face the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The moves came on the same day the team announced that forward Brandon Prust will be sidelined for four weeks with a right shoulder injury and that Daniel Briere will be out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Saturday’s loss to Nashville.
“I was a bit surprised,” Holland said about being called up. “I knew they lost a few players and you’re hoping you get the chance. Sly (Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre) called me after the game and I thought that was good news, and then (general manager Marc Bergevin) told me they were calling me up.”
The Canadiens also told rookie Michael Bournival to find an apartment in Montreal, meaning he’s in Montreal for the long run.
Blunden has played in 95 NHL games, including 44 for the Canadiens over the past two seasons. Beaulieu has played two games with the Canadiens this season.
Meanwhile, former Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik announced his retirement on Monday after playing in 1,395 NHL games during his 20-year career.
“I had four special seasons here, four incredible years,” Hamrlik told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs about his time in Montreal. “I already miss competing against the best players, going to the rink, having fun with the guys, travelling.
“But I know I’m doing the right thing retiring. It was a great honour to play in the world’s best league for as long as I did.
“And this whole city lives hockey. The energy that’s in the Bell Centre? I wish every player had the chance to play here. It’s a truly special place.”
(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)