Canadiens’ Training Camp Schedule & Roster

By JD Lagrange – With the rookie camp over, Habs’ fans won’t have to wait long to get their hockey fix. As a matter of fact, the Canadiens’ main training camp opens on September 21st (Wednesday) with all players reporting for medicals and physicals in Brossard.

The first day of on-ice activities will begin the next day, on Thursday. Players will be split into five groups. They will be tested for speed and conditioning, with the skate tests scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM ET. Those will also be held at the Canadiens’ training facility in Brossard.

By Friday, the players will then be divided into 4 groups, allowing for scrimmages and practices. Then on Sunday, September 25th, the always popular Red vs. White scrimmage will be held at the Bell Centre. That final scrimmage will start at 3:00 PM ET.

Players invited

The Canadiens have announced that a total of 74 players have been invited to camp this year. The breakdown is as follows: 44 forwards, 21 defensemen and nine goaltenders. Of those, 47 have NHL contracts, 15 players have AHL contracts and four players were invited on a tryout basis. Listed as extras are Paul Byron, Logan Mailloux and Carey Price. 

The four players on professional tryout (PTO) are forwards Pierrick Dubé and John Parker-Jones, as well as goaltenders Antoine Coulombe – who played the last game of the rookie tournament against Ottawa – and Riley Mercier (from the Drummondville Voltigeurs).

It is interesting to note that the 74 players is up four players from a year year ago, when they had 40 forwards, 23 defensemen and seven goaltenders.

Martin St-Louis, Alexandre Burrows, Trevor Letowski, Stéphane Robidas, Éric Raymond, Jean-François Houle, Kelly Buchberger, Martin Laperrière and Marco Marciano will be on hand to evaluate.

Here’s the Canadiens’ pre-season schedule:

DATETIMEOPPONENTLOCATION
SUN, SEPT. 253:00 PM ETRed vs WhiteBell Centre
MON, SEPT. 267:00 PM ETNew JerseyBell Centre
WED, SEPT. 287:00 PM ETTorontoScotiabank Arena
THU, SEPT. 297:00 PM ETWinnipegBell Centre
SAT, OCT. 17:00 PM ETOttawaCanadian Tire Centre
MON, OCT. 37:00 PM ETTorontoBell Centre
TUE, OCT. 47:00 PM ETOttawaBell Centre
THU, OCT. 65:30 PM ETOttawaSteele Community Centre (Gander, NL)
SAT, OCT. 86:00 PM ETOttawaJ.K. Irving Centre (Bouctouche, NB)

The Canadiens’ regular season starts on Wednesday, October 12th, as they will be hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 PM ET.

Click here for the full list of players invited.

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Baby Habs Set To Hit The Ice

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the roster for their Rookie Camp, set to begin on Wednesday. There is a total of 15 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders on this year’s list of rookies, which includes some of this summer’s draft picks like Juraj Slafkovsky, Filip Mesar and Owen Beck.

There are a few NHL hopefuls participating in camp this year, which include Slafkovsky (of course), but also Kaiden Guhle, Justin Barron, Jordan Harris, Mattias Norlinder, Arber Xhekaj and Jan Mysak, amongst others.

Logan Mailloux is listed on the roster, although he is currently listed as injured. Could this mean that his shoulder could be ready during camp, or will he simply stay with the other prospects to continue his integration? We know that Mailloux doesn’t have a contract for the upcoming season.

The Baby-Canadiens will be participating in a rookies’ tournament in Buffalo. The Prospects Challenge features rookies from six NHL clubs: the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the New Jersey Devils, the Ottawa Senators, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Prospects will be reporting to rookie camp on Wednesday, September 14th and the games will start the next day. Here’s the Canadiens’ schedule:

DATEVISITORSHOMETIME
Thursday, Sept.15SabresCanadiens7:00 pm
Friday, Sept.16CanadiensDevils7:00 pm
Sunday, Sept.18SenatorsCanadiens12:00 pm

All games will be played at the Sabres’ practice facility (LECOM Harborcenter), which is attached to their main rink at KeyBank Center.

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