Timeouts are rare for young people chasing the dream of reaching the NHL. Even in the heart of July, there is work to be done.
That's why some forty hopefuls from the Canadiens took to the ice at the Brossard sports complex, Monday noon, to take part in the traditional team development camp.
Despite the glorious sunshine, dozens of spectators had chosen to shelter in to watch all these young men sweating profusely under the orders of Adam Nicholas, director of hockey development for the Habs.
Photos and autographs
Obviously, the vast majority of them wanted to see Juraj -Slafkovsky, first choice of the CH at the selection session held last Thursday.
“I always wanted to play in a place where people are passionate about hockey. I'm probably in the best place in the world for that, ”said the Slovak striker, at the end of this first of three days on the ice.
Besides, the one Kent Hughes preferred to Shane Wright admits his life has changed since taking the Bell Center stage.
“I get recognized and people want to take pictures with me. It's good. It does not bother me. I like to take the time to sign autographs,” said the charismatic fellow.
The fans conquered, Slafkovsky now hopes to convince the staff of the Canadian to offer him a contract in the coming days. Which should logically be the case.
On Sunday, during the physical tests, he took a first step in this direction by giving an impressive demonstration of his resistance during the Wingate event, an anaerobic test on a stationary bike. On the video published by the Canadian, we can see the bike shaking under the pedal strokes of the 6'4″ and 229 lb colossus.
“I want to destroy everything here,” he said. indicated in a burst of laughter.
A target in the back
Now it is on the ice that the winger will have to prove himself. On that first day where the main drills were 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 in single territory, Slafkovsky had some good flashes with the puck. He has also demonstrated that he can use his size and long reach to protect her.
On the other hand, defensively, he seemed a little lost. And he didn't have much success when it came time to fight for the disc in one-on-one battles.
In his defense, he showed up at this camp with a target in the back. Everyone wants to earn their job. What better way to impress the coaches and the management than to shine against the most beautiful jewel of the team?
By Elsewhere, the day was not yet over when the Canadiens announced that defender Jayden Struble would miss the rest of the camp due to a lower-body injury suffered in the morning.
The name of the defender was added to those of Kaiden Guhle, Arber Xhekaj, Logan Mailloux and Nick Rhéaume (a guest player) who will not skate with their teammates due to injuries.
De for their part, Justin Barron (ankle) and forwards Israel Mianscum (hamstring) and Jack Smith (shoulder) will participate in on-ice training sessions, but will be subtracted from intrasquad games.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128