All Habs Headlines: Sunday September 6, 2015

On this day in hockey history 1972 — Canada and USSR tied 4-4 in Game 3 of the Summit series. 1990 — The NHL’s San Jose franchise was officially named the “Sharks” by club officials. The team’s official logo, colours and uniform design were to be displayed at a later date. 1999 — Ron Hextall retired.
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Marc Bergevin (photo by Le Journal de Montreal)

► Reway dazzles

  • Canadiens prospect Martin Reway scored twice on former Habs goaltending prospect Robert Mayer in a Champions Hockey league group stage game between Sparta Prague and Geneve-Servette on Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic. Sparta won the game 5-2.

Here is video of the goal from SwissHabs:

And a penalty shot by Reway, again from SwissHabs:

► The other side of MB

  • Habs GM Marc Bergevin gave an interview to Le Journal de Montreal and opened up about his childhood and his boyhood team.
  • “We were eight in a three bedroom apartment, my parents were in the main room, my grandfather was in the second and the five children shared the third room and the living room sofa,” Bergevin told Pierre Durocher.
  • “It wasn’t different from the other kids in the neighborhood. I didn’t feel deprived. I played hockey from September to April and I played baseball in the summer, at D’Argenson Park. I didn’t ask for anything else than that.”
  • The Canadiens GM was a Habs fan since he was a kid and looked up to the team’s core, “Even if we didn’t have the means to go see a game at the Forum, I was a big fan of the Lafleur’s, Cournoyer’s and company. They were my idols. I would’ve been nervous at the idea of meeting them.”
  • Serge Savard was the team’s GM for 12 seasons and inspired a young Marc Bergevin said, “Serge Savard not only was a star defenseman, but he was also a great GM. He is a model for me. […] I’d like to follow in his footsteps and bring the Cup to Montreal.”
  • Bergevin understands the expectation placed upon him by the fans saying, “Just making in into the playoffs isn’t enough for our fans. We seem to forget that the Bruins missed the playoffs last season despite getting 96 points.”
  • “My goal is to build the most competitive team possible. Is it perfect? Of course I would like the Canadiens to have more punch on the attack, to have a center like Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf. But it’s not the case. We must be patient and build the team piece by piece.”
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Marc Bergevin, age 7 (Photo courtesy of Marc Bergevin via Le Journal de Montreal)

► Fucale determined

  • If you were to couple Zachary Fucale’s rollercoaster final season in the QMJHL with Carey Price’s relative youth the future doesn’t appear too bright for the 20-year old in this organization, however that ever present thought doesn’t dissuade the Rosemere native.
  • “My goal, my dream, my vision is to play in the NHL. That’s where I want to play. Every time I get to be in an NHL camp, that’s a chance to be up there. So my goal is to play in the NHL, whether I’m 18 or 30. That’s what I want to accomplish, I want to prove to the Montreal Canadiens that I can play,” Fucale told Arpon Basu of NHL.com.
  • The former Memorial Cup winner is happy going wherever the Canadiens feel is best for him “I’ll just take one step at a time. This year I’ll do my best to stay up there, but if it’s in my best interests to play in the minor leagues for a bit that’s exactly what I’ll do and I’ll prove myself there and accomplish my dream from there.”
  • When Fucale was asked about his relationship with Carey Price, he said, “When I’m at camp he’s getting ready for a season, he’s not there to socialize. He’s there for business. He’s there to prepare himself for the season. So no, I didn’t get to have the biggest conversations with him. And no, we didn’t become the best of friends, like most people ask.”
  • “The League is changing fast, there’s players moving all the time. For me, all I have to do is get ready, get better and get to the NHL level.”
  • Read the full article here: Fucale undeterred by Canadiens’ roadblock in goal

► Suter honoring a memory of his father

  • An arena in his hometown bears the name of Bob Suter, the father of Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter.
  • The D-man is determined to make the arena that dons his father’s name amazing and has it at the top of his priorities list citing, “I don’t have the patience for golf or fishing.”
  • “I lay awake some mornings and think about the stuff that we have to do here because I just want this place to be special. My dad ran it for a long time, and it’s kind of our baby. It’s kind of a home away from home for a lot of kids, so you want it to be nice for them,” affirmed Suter.
  • Suter is quite the down to earth guy, when he got his new car he said he felt guilty because his father never had that. The number 20 that he wears on his jersey is that of his father.

► $1,000 per point

  • This summer Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek signed an 8-year $66 million contract extension. In the same couple months his sister, Petra, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
  • He announced this week that for every point that he will score this season he will donate $1,000 to a charity to help people with the disease.
  • “Professional athletes have so much money that they can afford it.” Voracek told a Czech newspaper following the announcement.
  • Last season the former Columbus Blue Jackets farmhand had 22 goals and 81 points. Through a couple of Sir Isaac Newton style calculations I deduced he would have raised $81,000 for MS research.

► Cleary back in Hockeytown

  • Daniel Cleary and the Detroit Red Wings have come to terms on a one-year deal that will pay the veteran $950,000.
  • The 15-year NHLer has spent 10 of that season with the winged wheel on his chest, going to two Cup finals and hoisting lord Stanley’s mug once. In those 10 seasons he has scored 124 goals and added 141 assists in 609 games.
  • He has played 938 games in the NHL and has recorded 162 goals and 387 points. His best season came in 2010-11 when he had 26 goals and 46 points in 68 games, last season he recorded one goal and one assist in 17 games.
  • He’ll be battling for a spot with Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen for a spot in the bottom six but will most likely be an insurance policy barring injury.

► Peverley back with Dallas

  • Most of the sporting world had quite the scare when former Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed while on his team’s bench two year ago. Thankfully he’s recovered from his injury and has joined the Stars’ front office.
  • After announcing his retirement on Friday, he accepted a role as player development coordinator with the organization he played for last.
  • Stars GM Jim Nill commented on the hiring in the form of a press release, “We want to congratulate Rich and his family on his great playing career and look forward to the contributions he’ll make in his new role.”
  • The former Boston Bruin played in 442 games in which he scored 84 goals and had 241 points. He explained why he had to retire “It’s a case that’s very complicated, and what I have learned is there is no 100 percent to medicine and, unfortunately, I can’t play anymore.”

A flash in the pan?

Who does Nate get paired with?

Dietz on D

 

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