Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The smell of hockey is in the air!


Ahhh September. It’s almost time to embarrass myself on the ice for another season, and I have my hockey pools already registered.

And oh yeah, the new NHL season is slowly moving upon us as rookie camps open across the league.

Twenty-nine rookies reported in for the Montreal Canadiens camp Monday in Brossard.

A few of them (Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber, etc.) saw some time with the big club last season and will be working hard to earn a full time spot.

Pacioretty told RDS that he has been having problems getting sleep the last few weeks. Can you blame him?

P.K. Subban was a standout with the main camp last season and will be out to prove he is ready for the pros.

Barring injury, it’s safe to say that the star defenseman, in the OHL with Belleville last year, will start the season in Hamilton.

Subban is ever the optimist and will be ready to show Canadiens coach Jacques Martin that he will be ready if called upon.

Oh Canadiens weighs in on the key rookies to watch.

By Tuesday afternoon, eighteen veteran players, both new faces and old ones, had arrived and were participating in on ice workouts.

Carey Price, Andrei Kostitsyn and Ryan O’Byrne have yet to appear.

Twittering their lives away: Two notable Canadiens media members will be covering the Canadiens camps this season.

The Montreal Gazette/HabsInsideOut’s Dave Stubbs will be Twittering from the team’s golf tournament later this week as well as next week’s main camp.

CJAD’s Abe Hefter has already begun reporting in on the blue-bird site from rookie camp.

Mr. Hefter also gives his first impressions on his blog.

So which one is Hoss?: After this season’s training camp winds down, the Canadiens will spend three days at Teen Ranch, located about 45 minutes northwest of Toronto.  The Habs begin their season October 1, in Toronto.

The facility does boat an Olympic size rink so chances are it will be a working holiday.

CJAD’s Rick Moffatt put it this way in his column in Friday’s West Island Chronicle.

“Carey Price may be lovin it, but if one player gets bucked or "lower body injury" has to cover up a saddle sore, we'll have to put a black hat on Jacques Martin.

Happy trails, Habs fans! Martin's done it before with his Senators squad...and the Ice Corral at "Teen Ranch" in Caledon Ontario has also welcomed the Leafs and Panthers. We won't hold that against them.”

I may have to book a day or two off to hang out in the area. ;)

Blow out your candles, and wish for a deserved induction to the Hall of Fame: A happy 64th to one-time Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings star goalie Rogie Vachon.

A collection of articles compiled by HabsInsideOut’s Dave Stubbs can be found here.

King of the Cobb:  A quick shout out to Ian Cobb, a regular poster over on HabsInsideOut, who invited us to his home, this past weekend, for his annual corn boil.

It was great to meet up with a gracious host, enjoy some good food and beverages, and talk hockey with Ian and some of the other HIO regulars. Thanks again my friend!

1 comment:

Yves said...

Seeing all this camp footage is doing 2 things... (for me)

It's somewhat quenching the thirst for Habs hockey... but paradoxically it's throwing gasoline on the fire!!!

Man!! We're almost there.

On P.K. Subban.

I can't wait to see him play some... in camp and when he does hit the pros. He really skates so well. Saw clips of him skating backwards with the puck.... so smooth and fast.