Injury knocks Habs prospect Hudon off Team Canada


 Canadiens prospect  Charles Hudon will miss the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia, because of a back injury suffered during a practice in Helsinki.

Hockey Canada announced that Hudon, who plays for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, will be replaced by forward Mark McNeill of the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders.

 Hudon, who was selected by the Canadiens in the fifth round of this year’s NHL draft, will return to Canada on Sunday for treatment. McNeil will join the team Saturday.

The tournament begins on Boxing Day. To see the complete schedule, click here.

(Photo by Marie-France Coallier/The Gazette)



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  2. 24 Cups says:

    I find it’s the reader’s comments section in “It’s Your Call” that is the real interesting part of this article.

  3. Hobes says:

    Four classics from two of the toughest guys in NHL history:

  4. HabinBurlington says:

    So the Mayans were actually predicting the end of the tournament for Hudon. In the future, it would help if they were a little more detailed, would have saved alot people some grief.

    Okay, now that I have beaten that story/bad joke to death. On to serious things.

    Heading out west to the city with the friendliest and warmest people on earth, the Peg! I hopefully will work on my HI/O addiction and avoid this site while away, and hope to buy a pint for Mr. Biter at some tavern I haven’t frequented in years…..

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to everyone. Lets hope the two peons can finally figure out that hockey being played is in everyones best interest.

    Be safe everyone, and enjoy your families!


  5. PeterD says:

    I feel really bad for Hudon…I thought this tournament was his opportunity to really make a name for himself and move up the Habs prospect list.
    Heal quickly kid and get back to work in the Q…we’ll see you at next years main camp…well maybe…if there is no resolution to the lock-out we nmay have to wait to see you.

  6. Bripro says:

    6:11 am came and went. Uneventful!
    But keeping in the spirit of no hockey, and armageddon…. I offer you…

    Hockey Frustration Song no. 27

    Cue the music!

    That’s great, it starts with a lock-out, without skates, no charter plane
    And Buttman-Fehr are not afraid
    Center of arrogance, listen to yourselves churn
    League serves its own needs, players serve your own needs.
    Un-follow the fans’ tweets, schmuck!
    No power from the latter, letting us down, fight all night.
    Bettman’s up for hire, he has cancelled all the games
    With a league that’s now in dire and his combat site.
    Take what’s left, it’s crumbling in a hurry with our furies breathing down your neck.
    Team by team reporters baffled, stumped, tethered crop.
    Look at that low playing! Fine then.
    Uh oh, overload, population, common fans, and it won’t do.
    Screw the league, serve yourself.
    League serves its own needs, listen to the hearts bleed.
    Dummy now has captured and the reverent to his right – right.
    Feel vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light,
    Got us pretty psyched.

    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

    Eight o’clock – hockey hour.
    All gone playing in foreign towers.
    Crash and burn, return, listen to the fans churn.
    Players in uniforming, moods burning, blood wanting.
    Every motive escalate. hierarchy incinerate.
    Light the rabble, give ‘em motive.
    Step down, step down.
    Watch the league crush, crush. Uh oh,
    This means no fear – cavalier.
    The commish, steer clear!
    As we lament, they won’t repent, a tournament of lies.
    Offer us solutions, offer us alternatives
    And we’ll decline.

    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

    The other night I dreamt more strife, won’t say from whence they hide.
    Shoulder pads in a line
    Start from Phil Stein.
    Onto Yakushev, Yserma. What hockey truth?
    Tailgate party, fresh ice, hockey team, boom!
    Both symbiotic, more rhetoric, Max’s broke neck, fright?

    It’s the end of the game as we know it.
    It’s the end of the game as we know it.
    It’s the end of the game as we know it and I feel fine… fine…

  7. jols101 says:

    The results are in. The NHLPA has voted to give the union the authority to file a disclaimer of interest by Jan. 2nd. Shocking…

  8. mark-ID says:

    Anyone want to make some ‘LINE COMBINATIONS’ with me today? yea yea, been forever…..

    Anyone? Hello…


    I’ll show myself out.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • Hobes says:

      How about the Blue Jays lineup?


      • solomio says:

        Hey Hobes. Jay’s looking good no doubt…on paper….only weakness that may be there is Lind and JPA and that’s why you’ve got them in the bottom third. Bonifacio’s no slouch either.If Lind and JPA were to come around then the sky is the limit. How about posting the starting pitching rotation and BP just for laughs

        “I figure Bergevin has 3 or 4 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  9. Phil C says:

    Hmmm, Drouin seems to have replaced Hudon in the top six, now Hudon’s back injury suddenly gets worse and he is replaced by a player more suited to a bottom six role. Not sure luck has anything to do with this.

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    A little poll/debate.


    How do you feel about it? (it sucks)

    Do you practice it? (you betcha)

    What is the most obviously regifted present you have ever received (I once received a book with a handwritten and very personal note on the front page addressed to the person who gave me the book.)

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • Cal says:

      Gifts, no matter how inappropriate, must be received with grace. This is what the box filled with disparate things is in your closet is for.
      I never re-gift, but I have finagled my way without exchanging many gifts. Keeps life simpler and no one gets sh-t presents.

  11. Haborama says:


  12. GoGioGo says:

    This is really a shame. And it worries me for the future. Habs seem to still have a knack for drafting injury-prone players 🙁

    • New says:

      I watched him a couple times. He is really smart and goes where you need to go. A lot of bigger players get there late, he doesn’t. But he is way small, I’d say slight. The heart is there though.

      I don’t think this team is going anywhere anyhow. There will be more injuries and when you get hurt during a game it can turn out worse cause you are sure you can go. Better in practice.

  13. Fake says:


  14. Fake says:


  15. otter649 says:

    Changes at TSN690 – Randy Tieman gives up/leaves his 1-3 show The Tieman Show after 3 years today – No replacement announced……

  16. twilighthours says:

    Re: seth jones, previous thread…

    1) hard to believe that people are upset with him for his comments. Hockey players are boring enough as it is – at least this kid spoke his mind (once). Wait until the NHL brainwashers get ahold of him and teach him how to say the same 4 things over and over again.

    2) cocky? Maybe, but who cares? Ask the Russians, Finns, swedes who the cockiest team is. They’ll say “Canada,” dollars to donuts.

    3) extra motivation for other teams? These guys already want to win at all costs. Nothing anyone says is is going to change how hard they play. That whole “bulletin board material”, I just dont buy it.

    • Fake says:

      Agreed, nothing wrong with his comments. Not offensive to anyone at all. He was only talking about HIS OWN TEAM thinking “we have the best team”. There is nothing wrong with that.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I must have really hit a sore spot with everyone

      1) I have no problem with Tim Thomas posting his political views on Facebook. Seth Jones can say what he wants about his team, but all I was saying is I want him to eat his own words and see Team USA lose the bronze medal game. What I find hard to believe is the reaction my ‘eat crow’ comments have received.

      2) Cocky people annoy me, but I’d say Russia was pretty cocky when the guy was doing the gun fingers to team Canada when the game was over last year.

      3) Extra motivation… probably not but something else to fuel the teams. One thing they can bring up when they’ve beat USA.

  17. HabInToronto says:

    Noooooo, that reeeeally sucks

  18. Peter Young says:

    I don’t have time to go through all the comments so please forgive me if these two stories from the New York Times have been linked elsewhere.

    Leading Off: Were the Mayans Just Predicting the End of the N.H.L.?

    A Rising Hockey Star With N.B.A. DNA

  19. Timo says:

    I say Bruins had something to do with it.

  20. Price07 says:

    I like the guy but he’s been injured quite a bit and he doesn’t even play against men. He better get his stuff together or else it would be a waste of talent.

  21. B says:

    Hudon seems to get injured a lot. I hope this is not going to be a recurring theme for him.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  22. Bripro says:

    So this is the end of the world as we know it, huh?
    It looks an awful lot like home….
    I knew we were in hell-on-earth. It’s Bettman’s fault.

  23. Cal says:

    This kid has shown a lot of determination and grit. This will be just another hurdle on his way to becoming a Hab.

  24. Timo says:

    Can team Canada call up Gomez?

    Btw, does anyone know Gomer’s scoring stats in whatever league he is playing now?

  25. commandant says:

    I’m absolutely gutted for Hudon, who worked his butt off to make this team and was playing great in Summer Camp, Super Series, the Tryout Camp and even yesterday.

    This really sucks for a guy who looked poised for a great tourney.

    Go Habs Go!
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