► Price at goalie camp
- Carey Price participated in Eli Wilson’s goalie camp in Kelowna on August 13th for a unique opportunity for 10 young goalies from across North America. The day included drills coaching and mentoring.
- In addition $76,000 was raised for Eli Wilson Goaltending – IHG Sponsorship Fund a charity established to assist young hockey players who would not otherwise be able to afford to play the game.
► Ellers at Rogers Cup
- Lars Eller and his brother Mads were on hand to take in the Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray final in Montreal on the weekend. Murray won the Rogers Cup 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
► Devante Smith-Pelly joins charity event
- Nathan Beaulieu, Brendan Gallagher, Devante Smith-Pelly and Dustin Tokarski stepped on the ice for charity.
► Date night for Greg Pateryn
► Bournival, Thomas, Dumont looking to make a spot in camp
- Michaël Bournival, Gabriel Dumont and Christian Thomas were interviewed by RDS speaking about their chances to make the opening day roster.
- Bournival on the upcoming season: “I look at it as a new start, I’m going to go to camp to make my spot, when I made the team two years ago there wasn’t a spot for me and I managed to make one.”
- Dumont on battling for a spot in training camp: “I think it’s like that every year, every year you try to do enough to try and stay or draw attention to try and stay. I always try to never go under the radar always make someone notice what I’m doing.”
- Thomas on his chances of making the team: “I played a good amount of games last year, I thought I played well and I think I fit in, it’s just up to the coaches and the coaching staff to put me in a spot where I can stay and do well in.”
► Prust excited about playing in Vancouver
- Brandon Prust was recently interviewed by Sportsnet 590 the Fan and spoke about multiple things including the trade that sent him to Vancouver.
- Prust on how he found out he was traded: “It was July 1st and I was just kind of keeping track on Twitter of some signings and deals that we’re going on and then I saw ‘Montreal trades for Zack Kassian’ and I was like oh okay, and I told my girlfriend we traded and she was like who’s he and I said he’s kind of like a player like me, gritty and pretty tough and she said ‘oh no that’s not good’ and I said no it’s good to have some help its good for our team and a minute later I see Marc Bergevin calling my phone.”
- On the experience of playing in big time hockey markets like New York and Montreal: “They’ve been awesome for me, I’ve always enjoyed playing in hockey towns, I know those are fun buildings to play in when the fans are very passionate, great organizations I think those types of organizations and teams brig out the best in me its one of the response I chose Montreal and New York was awesome.”
- On his reaction when he got traded: “It’s part of the game, there’s ways you can look at it you can look at it in a negative way saying they didn’t want me but you can look at it in a very positive way that Vancouver’s coming for you very hard and they want you, arts always a very good feeling that there are teams out there pushing to get you.”
- On what he thought about the Canucks when he faced off against them last year: “They’ve been pretty intimidating, they’ve always had some skill, they’ve always had some toughness you know I think they wanted to add a little grit in getting me. I’m exited it’s going to be fun, they’re a young team they have a lot of upside, good goaltending, some good young D and they’ve got some good forward and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the coaching there and I’m looking forward to getting out there.”
► Gorges looking for a bounce back season
- The Montreal Gazette recently interviewed former Habs defence man Josh Gorges who is primed for a bounce back year in Buffalo.
- Gorges on his new head coach Dan Bylsma: “I’ve talked to Dan (Bylsma) a couple of times, it’s exciting when you have a Cup-winning coach. He’s had a year off coaching and got to take a step back and really evaluate what the game is like today, watch it from a different perspective.”
- On Carey Price: “The relationship that Carey and I had, that we continue to have… I still skate with him every day in the summer and our wives are great friends. The whole time I was hoping he’d win all those awards. He was very deserving of them and it couldn’t happen to a better guy. I was proud of him, what he accomplished this year. There’s no question the year he had arguably was one of the greatest years a goalie’s ever had.”
- On his rehab from knee surgery: “It’s been a long road, six months of doing rehab every day, trying to get things back, the last couple of weeks I’ve really taken another step in my recovery – from just getting back on the ice to now starting to feel normal in my skating again, able to do all the things I want to do in a game. I’ve been really happy with how things have gone lately.”
- On being a leader in Buffalo’s room: ““Everyone who’s going to be on this team will have to be a leader. We need everyone to contribute a form of leadership, you can’t sit there and wait for someone else to do or say something, we all have to be that guy who’s willing to step up and make a difference. It was talked about how I was brought here to be a leader for the young players. At times, for myself, you try to lead too much, talking and explaining things.”
► Canada wins another Ivan Hlinka tournament
- With a 7-3 thumping of Sweden in the Tournament’s final game Canada took home it’s 8th straight Ivan Hlinka Cup. The Ivan Hlinka tournament is for players under 18 and Canada has won the Tournament 20 times out of its 25 years of existence.
- Canada went 5-0 in the tournament and they out scored their opponents 23-7.
- Canada’s head coach Stan Butler was rather complementary of his championship team: ” Canada won all five of its games in the tournament, outscoring its opposition 23-7.
- I’m really proud of this group of players, they all pulled together for one thing. We told them when we got here: This is about one team and one goal. We were one team and we chased one goal, which we got here today.
- “We wanted to play our best game today, and we got off to a good start. We probably deserved more goals in some of the other games, like last night (a 2-1 shootout victory against Russia in the semifinals), but today we got to the point where we needed to score.”
8 in a row. First group of U17 players in new format to win Ivan Hlinka. Congrats to the 1998 group. pic.twitter.com/h8Gqmss56t
— Scott Salmond (@SAMMYSAYS2010) August 15, 2015
► Bure pioneering a legends hockey league
- Pavel Bure is trying to create a league completely comprised of retired NHL players.
- The league would be called the “World Legends Hockey League” and the new league’s plans were formalized.
- The teams that will be participating in this tournament style league will be Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic and Germany. The United States and Canada are initially not going to be included in this tournament but an all-star game between Russia and other countries in the tournament and the North American’s is expected to appear in the league.
- Both players and referees must be at least 45 years of age and players must have played in a games for their home country in an official IIHF tournament. There must be 27 people on the team 20 of which are skaters the other 7 are members of team management. Also, injured players may be replaced mid-game.
- The referees only other requirement is that they are licensed by the IIHF.
► Pittsburgh new practice facility
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have just unveiled a 185,000 square foot sports complex called the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. It will also serve as a public skating rink, sports medicine clinic and physical therapy center.
- The Penguins are also hopeful that with a new sporting complex will come the NHL draft combine and some World Cup of Hockey training camps.
- Inside the complex there are two full sized ice rinks, a sports medicine clinic, a physical therapy gym, on site MRI and X-Ray machines, a hockey skills training space and 14 locker rooms.
- NHL Gary Bettman commissioner has high aspirations for the Penguins new practice facility according to Penguins Vice President of communications Tom McMillan: “Commissioner Bettman said it’s going to be a revolutionary place, and I think that’s going to be the case.”
► Salo retires
- After 15 years in the National Hockey League former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo has announced his retirement from the league.
Salo, who was drafted 239th overall in 1996, played 9 years in the Canucks organization, 4 years for the Senators and finished off his career with his final two seasons in Tampa Bay.
- Over those 15 years Salo recorded 99 goals and 339 points in 878 games in the regular season. In the playoffs he had 12 goals and 31 points in 102 games.
The swede is also know for blocking a shot on May 11th 2010 in game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals that ruptured one of his testicles. He later came back and the fans in Rogers Arena in Vancouver chanted “balls of steel” one of the best chants ever.
► Habs were interested in Nonis?
- According to the Toronto Sun when the Toronto Maple Leafs fired then general manager Dave Nonis he had three options to join NHL team. The a senior consultant job with the Anaheim Ducks, which he ended up taking, an undisclosed job with another team, and another undisclosed job with the Montreal Canadiens.
- Nonis was hired as the Leafs GM in 2012 and was subsequently fired almost 3 years later.
► Diamond in the rough?
- All Habs Hockey Magazine editor-in chief Rick Stephens takes a look at Canadiens prospect Lukas Vejdemo and if Trevor Timmins has found another hidden gem. The piece includes an exclusive interview by Amy Johnson.
► Are you ready?
- Corey Desormeaux details why Habs fans should be excited about this year’s version of the Montreal Canadiens.
► Mac attack
- Nic Phelan takes a look at Ice Caps defenceman Mac Bennett.
► Got questions? We have answers
- Staff writer Ty Prater answers your questions including questions on Bergevin, Galchenyuk, Semin and Jeff Skinner.
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