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Hivernales invites players and fans to Classique Montréalaise pond hockey tournament

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-01-20

Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations wouldn’t be complete if they didn’t incorporate our citizens’ favourite winter sport. No, the city won’t be giving away free Habs tickets. Instead, hockey fans and amateur players of all skill levels are invited out to the free Classique Montréalaise pond hockey tournament Jan. 28-29, at the Olympic Basin in Parc Jean-Drapeau, for a taste of an increasingly popular winter activity. “There’s a growing following for pond hockey tournaments,” said Jean-Loup Barbeau, the Evenko project manager behind the Classique, who’s also a passionate hockey fan and player. Barbeau said the sport has something of a cult-like following in North Amer

Alex Galchenyuk loses his spot on Canadiens' top line

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-01-20

Alex Galchenyuk showed up at the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard Thursday morning, looked at the forward lines written on the locker-room board and found out he is no longer the team’s No. 1 centre. Following Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre, coach Michel Therrien decided to juggle his lines, moving Phillip Danault up to the No. 1 line between Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov and dropping Galchenyuk down to the No. 2 line between Sven Andrighetto and Andrew Shaw. “Yeah, man, nothing new,” Galchenyuk said when asked how he found out about the demotion. “That’s how you find out, right?” Galchenyuk has pla

Why is Carey Price having such difficulty stopping pucks?

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-01-19

I’m worried about Carey Price and you should be too. The Canadiens’ all-world/other-worldly/greatest-ever goalie simply hasn’t been himself for the past six weeks and it’s right there to see in his stats. He has had four or more goals scored against him in four of his last five games and in one of those games, that embarrassment at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, he let in seven goals. Worse, he has let in three or more goals in eight of his last ten games. This is simply not the Carey Price we know and love. Sadly, it is nothing like the Carey Price of the 2014-2015 season who was far and away the best goalie in the National Hockey League and, in fact, was the best player in Bettma

McDavid Hits 100 Points, Markov Still Out & More

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-01-19

Hitting 100 points in the NHL is a big deal. It’s even more impressive of a feat when it’s done by a 20-year-old player, and that was the case Wednesday when Edmonton Oilers‘ forward Connor McDavid notched his 100th career NHL point. To add another layer to the story, McDavid also did so in the fourth-fewest games of any active NHL player. Fewest GP to reach 100 NHL points among active players (@EliasSports):77: Alex Ovechkin80: Sidney Crosby89: Evgeni Malkin92: @cmcdavid97 — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 19, 2017 As listed above, McDavid recorded his 100th point in just 92 games. The only players to do so faster were Evgeni Malkin – 89, Sidney Crosb

Stu Cowan: Penguins' Sidney Crosby living his dream as NHL superstar

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-01-19

There’s a video on YouTube titled Lost Footage of a Young Sidney Crosby with a Jan. 2, 2002, report from The Hour on a 14-year-old wunderkind who was playing midget Triple-A hockey in Dartmouth, N.S. In the video, which has more than one million views, the young Crosby says about his dream of one day playing in the NHL: “Getting up every day and doing something that you like to do and just like enjoying it and even getting paid to do something you love to do … I can’t even imagine how amazing that would be.” Fifteen years later, Crosby has become one of the greatest players in NHL history and has earned more than US$90 million.  So, has it

NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-01-19

The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line Challenge™ · DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting™ · Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™ · Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot™ · Discover NHL Shootout™ The “Four Line Challenge” will take place of the breakaway challenge. In this week’s 30 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman gave details on what this new event would entail: “Players will try to hit targets in the net from the closest blue l

NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-01-19

The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line Challenge™ · DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting™ · Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™ · Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot™ · Discover NHL Shootout™ The “Four Line Challenge” will take place of the breakaway challenge. In this week’s 30 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman gave details on what this new event would entail: “Players will try to hit targets in the net from the closest blue l

Danault Thriving in Increased Role

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-01-19

When Marc Bergevin cleaned house during last season’s debacle, he was looking to the future. Fans knew the team hit rock bottom when Bergevin was selling off players in what was a tough season for the Montreal Canadiens. Despite the mess, there was good that came from it. The Habs made an important move at the trade deadline. The Canadiens cashed in when they dealt away free agent forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to the Chicago Blackhawks for center Phillip Danault and a 2018 second round draft pick. At the time, Weise was producing, Fleischmann was serviceable and Stan Bowman wanted some depth heading into the playoffs. It was a trade that made sense for both sides considerin

Vintage Me, Non-Vintage Lyla

Source: Dennis-Kane.com
Date: 2017-01-19

Along with the usual health reasons for wanting to lose weight (17 pounds so far) was the fact that I wanted to fit into my jacket again. This old Habs team jacket from the 1950s was owned by a Canadiens scout back in the day and now belongs to me. Team photos from back then show the trainers wearing them, Toe Blake would have his on during practices, and players like the Rocket and Beliveau etc would sometimes be photographed wearing theirs. I had one of my kid sweaters from the late-’50s-early’60s for Lyla to wear, but it was too itchy for her. (I remember the feeling). So she’s wearing a non-itchy number from a few decades later. Below, Toe and the trainers wearing the

HI/O Show: NHL is a ‘clown show’ when it comes to goalie interference

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2017-01-19

During Saturday’s 5-4 win over New York, Canadiens goalie Carey Price was dragged out of his net on a scoring attempt by the Rangers’ Kevin Hayes, allowing Rick Nash to score an uncontested goal. There was no penalty on the play, leading many to ask: what constitutes goaltender interference?  On this week’s Hockey Inside/Out Show, our hockey panel — Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, former Canadien and TSN 690 radio host Chris Nilan, CBC Daybreak’s Jessica Rusnak and host Adam Susser — discusses goalie interference penalties as well as these topics: Were you surprised the Canadiens demoted Mike McCarron? How much of Price’s

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