Few, in fact very few, of the comforts of home… here’s the Canadiens’ dressing room at the Bell Sports Complex on Monday morning.
It was a little less luxurious than the Canadiens are used to, even if the dressing room door at the Bell Sports Complex read “VIP”. But that’s the way it was on Monday, the second day of the NHL lockout.
Roughly a dozen Habs players – a lineup that included goalie Carey Price, captain Brian Gionta, forwards Ryan White, Travis Moen, Colby Armstrong and Louis Leblanc and defencemen Josh Gorges, Francis Bouillon and Yannick Weber, prospect Brendan Gallagher, a few members of the McGill Redmen and even former Canadien Benoit Pouliot – skated for about an hour in Brossard on Monday late morning, some working out as well at the Mansfield fitness facility in the building.
A number stopped to chat for our video camera both in the arena parking lot and outside the dressing room that the captain good-naturedly declared off limits to the media: Gionta, Price, White, Bouillon and former Canadien Mathieu Darche, who has been active with the NHLPA in labour discussions in a bid to get a new CBA with the National Hockey League.
• News for the day: the Canadiens assigned 21 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Their release:
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that 21 players have been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Club’s affiliate team in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Players assigned to Hamilton are forwards Alexander Avtsin, Alain Berger, Michael Blunden, Michaël Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Brendan Gallagher, Blake Geoffrion, Patrick Holland, Louis Leblanc, Philippe Lefebvre, Joonas Nattinen, Steven Quailer and Ian Schultz; defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Morgan Ellis, Brendon Nash, Greg Pateryn, Joe Stejskal and Jarred Tinordi, as well as goaltenders Peter Delmas and Robert Mayer.
The Bulldogs training camp will officially begin on September 28 with medicals and physical testing at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. The team will then move to Sherbrooke where they will practice at Complexe Sportif Jocelyn-Thibault from Sunday, September 29 until Wednesday, October 3.
The Bulldogs will also play two intra-squad games while in Sherbrooke. On Tuesday, October 2 the team will take to the ice at Complexe sportif Jocelyn-Thibault and on Wednesday, October 3 at Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet. All on-ice sessions are open to the public.
Here’s the video: