On the bus with the Hamilton Bulldogs

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What’s life like on the road to the National Hockey League?

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey jumped on the bus with the Hamilton Bulldogs last week as the Canadiens’ American Hockey League affiliate travelled for games in Cleveland and Rochester. Hickey discovered that while bus trips in the middle of the night are far removed from the charter flights that ferry the Canadiens from city to city, the NHL hopefuls are treated well.

You can read Hickey’s feature story by clicking here.

While on the road with the Bulldogs, Hickey met up with 38-year-old Montreal native Olivier Sedra, a public-address announcer who does work with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters and the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. You can read Hickey’s story on Sedra by clicking here.

While the NHL labour talks continued Wednesday night in New York, Canadiens captain Brian Gionta was skating during the day with seven other locked-0ut players in Candiac.

“I’ve got excited before and I’m not going to get excited until a deal is signed,”  Gionta told Bill Beacon of The Canadian Press.

You can read Beacon’s story by clicking here.

Talks were to continue Thursday in New York. You can read a column by Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News on the lockout talks by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Canada will play for bronze at the World Junior Hockey Championship after losing 5-1 to the United States in Thursday’s semifinals. The U.S. will face Sweden, which beat Russia 3-2 in a semifinal shootout, in the gold-medal game at 8 a.m. ET Saturday. Canada and Russia will play for bronze at 4 a.m. Saturday.

For all the latest news from the world junior tournament, click here.

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