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Habs 2019-2020 Pre-Season Key Dates

Finally! In just a few days, the Montreal Canadiens will dust off the cobwebs and get back into action after a long, long wait. It all starts with the annual rookie camp, which includes this year a rookie tournament. It is followed by the team’s annual golf tournament before the regular players get into action with the main training camp, including exhibition games.

Rookie Camp / Tournament

Here is the schedule for the rookies:

THU. Sept. 53:00 pmPracticeBell Sports Complex
FRI. Sept. 610:00 amPracticeBell Sports Complex
SAT. Sept. 711:15 amPracticeCAA Arena, Belleville
7:00 pmGame OTT vs HabsCAA Arena, Belleville
SUN. Sept. 811:15 amPracticeCAA Arena, Belleville
7:00 pmGame Habs vs WIN
MON. Sept. 9Annual Golf TournamentLaval-sur-le-Lac
TUE. Sept. 101:00 pmGame vs. U-Sports teamBell Sports Complex

How is invited, do you ask? Here’s the list released by the team:

Main Training Camp

The Canadiens will hold their annual golf tournament to benefit the Montreal Canadiens’ Children’s Foundation on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Club de golf Laval-sur-le-Lac. Media availability with players and management will start at 9:00 am.

The team’s main training camp will begin on Thursday, September 12, with players reporting for medicals and physical evaluations at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Training camp will run until Saturday, September 28. The Canadiens will play a total of seven preseason games, including the Kraft Hockeyville Canada game against the Florida Panthers on September 18, in Bathurst, New Brunswick. The Canadiens will also present their annual Intrasquad Scrimmage at the Bell Centre on September 15.

Let’s not forget that the team announce the Max Pacioretty trade on the morning of the golf tournament last season and as we’ve discussed before, Marc Bergevin could very well be waiting to pounce as other teams are trying to get under the salary cap. What will the roster look like? Your guess is just as good as mine.

Here’s the pre-season schedule for this fall:

The regular season will officially start in Carolina on Thursday, October 3rd and the Canadiens’ first home game will follow on Saturday, October 5th when they receive the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The wait is finally almost over! It’s time to get excited again as soon enough, we will be able to once again cheer on the most successful franchise in the NHL! Go Habs Go!

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Debunking the “Living in the Past” Narrative

“History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be.” ~ John Henrik Clarke

With his most recent comments, not only did Max Domi give a serious slap to Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans, but he opened a can of worms. As seen in the following video, Domi justified his saying that the Canadiens’ fans are the best in the NHL by mentioning the 24 Stanley Cups they have won, by far the most in the long history of the league. Coming from the son of Leafs’ fan favourite Tie Domi, a kid who is from Toronto and grew up following the Leafs, it is bound to hurt some people’s feelings.

Fans of other teams, who cannot debate this because they know that it’s a fact, often revert to the only thing they can come up with, by saying that Habs’ fans “live in the past”. Can we really blame them? Unable to deny it, that it’s the only argument they can hang their hats on.

But in doing so, they forget that the past starts the moment you think about it, after each breath that you take. See, you just read this and it’s already in the past. Even the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup win is in the past. So come to think of it, mentioning anything prior to this actual moment is living in the past.

History

Because they can’t match the Stanley Cup argument, those hockey fans tend to forget, or at the very least downplay the importance of history. That’s right. Whether we’re talking about hockey or any other topic, history is what defines what we live today.

Canada is rich in history. Christopher Columbus got lost and discovered America. The battle of the Plains of Abraham has defined our country. Our Premiers and Prime Ministers have all defined our history in their own way. The CP rail and CN rail were a huge part of Canadian history, helping to tie the West to the East. Does mentioning any historical event also considered “living in the past”?

Carey Price is the Canadiens’ career leader in wins.

NHL forwards have Wayne Gretzky to chase for records. Defensemen are still trying to match what Bobby Orr has accomplished in his shorten career. Martin Brodeur‘s 691 wins is the benchmark for NHL goaltenders to beat. For NHL teams, the 24 Stanley Cups is the benchmark, something that every single franchise would love to surpass. True that the Canadiens have been around for over 110 years but never forget that there are five other teams currently in the league who have also been part of the original NHL and that includes… the Toronto Maple Leafs.

So Habs’ fans, continue to be proud of the Canadiens’ rich history. Remember that whenever some other NHL fan brings in the weak argument that we’re “living in the past”, it’s because they’re jealous of the team’s rich history and truthfully, they have no other ways to insult the NHL’s most popular franchise worldwide. Afterall, some of them started using that excuse back in… 1994. Go Habs Go!

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Max Domi: Winning the Hearts of Habs’ Fans

This is the story of a young man who grew up playing hockey in Toronto. His father was one of the most recognized figures in hockey, playing for the Maple Leafs. He grew up in the Leafs’ dressing room and his favourite player was Mats Sundin, whom he called “uncle Mats”. This young man went on to play four years of junior hockey in one of Ontario’s hot markets, in London, where he excelled. He was also a key representative of Team Canada at the World Junior Championship and it’s in Montreal – of all places – that he was adulated. He went on to get drafted by the Arizona Coyotes and made the team straight from junior. For the first time in his young life, he was going from a hockey hotbed to… the desert. And this dog was missing something. That young man was, you guessed it, Max Domi.

We talked about him a few times, the first time when yours truly informed some disgruntled Habs’ fans that Max would become a fan favourite in Montreal and would make them forget Alex Galchenyuk, whom he was traded for. The second time was a month into the season when we started seeing the the effect of the DOMInator on the Montreal Canadiens and on their fans. There is no denying that this guy loves the big stage.

Domi is a very charismatic individual and even at 24, he is one of the Media’s favourite players to interview… because of his never ending smile and his heartfelt sincerity. When he affirmed being thrilled to be traded to Montreal, he meant it. He even got his father Tie Domi, a Leafs’ legend, to wear the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge a few times, angering somewhat fans in Toronto… a bonus for Habs’ fans! Here’s a recent interview Domi gave Tim & Sid of Sportsnet. Feel the sincerity, the true pride that he has to wear the Canadiens’ jersey, and what he would suggest to any player, or free agents.

Diabetes

Max’s book is called
Max Domi: No Days Off

It’s no secret that Max was diagnosed, years ago, with type 1 diabetes, something that he has to live with on a daily basis. The first thing that he asked the doctor back then was if he could continue to play hockey. The doctor informed him that former Philadelphia Flyers’ captain Bobby Clarke had a long and successful career while diagnosed with the same illness. Meeting Clarke was a turning point in young Domi’s life.

Max wrote a book about it and it’s about to hit the shelves. It’s called Max Domi: No Days Off. He wrote this book in hope to be, for kids affected by the illness, what Clarke was to him. He wants to send the message that while serious and life altering, this is not something that will prevent them from reaching their dreams, no matter what they are.

Contract

Domi is starting the last year of a two-year contract that he signed with the Canadiens immediately after he was traded to them. Rest assured Habs’ fans that management wants to keep that guy but also, that he wants to stay in Montreal. He wears the CH colours wherever he goes, whatever he does. He has adopted the City as the City has adopted him. He will sign prior to July 1st, 2020, and will be a Montreal Canadiens for a long, long time. I am personally not concerned about it. Go Habs Go!