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A season to remember

MONTREAL – Everything just seemed to come together for Dale Weise during the 2014-15 campaign.The 26-year-old enjoyed the most productive year of his NHL career to date, registering career highs with 10 goals, 19 assists, 29 points and a plus-21 differential in 79 regular season games, before embarking on another notable postseason run that included a clutch performance in Round 1 against Otta

The Brampton Beast Announce the Montreal Canadiens as their NHL Affiliate

PRESS RELEASEBRAMPTON -- The Brampton Beast, proud members of the ECHL, are excited to announce the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and St. John’s Ice Caps of the American Hockey League as their NHL and AHL affiliates.The Beast, who will be entering their third year of operations in the fall, were without a major league affiliate in their inaugural ECHL season, and finding

IceCaps Unveil New Logo

PRESS RELEASEST. JOHN’S – The St. John’s IceCaps unveiled Thursday their new primary logo for the team’s first season as the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, during an event at Mile One Centre.The logo is a revised version of the IceCaps original crest and features the red, white and blue colours of the Canadiens. The new logo is part of an overall re-brand

The Montreal Canadiens announce the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit for 2014-15

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens introduced the recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. The awards are presented annually to hockey players at the amateur level who best combined hockey performances with academic excellence. The program was introduced in 1985 with the objective of encouraging sports and academic excellence for players

Vaughn Karpan named Director of Professional Scouting

PRESS RELEASEMONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Vaughn Karpan as director of professional scouting.The 2015-16 season will be Karpan’s 11th season with the Canadiens organization, having previously served as amateur scout from 2005 to 2010 (five years), and the past five seasons as professional scout. Karpan, 53, also work

Enjoying every moment

QUEBEC CITY – As Zachary Fucale closes out his Junior career, he’s savoring the entire Memorial Cup experience.Just a few hours away from celebrating his 20th birthday, Fucale clearly isn’t the same goaltender he was when he participated in the Memorial Cup for the first time two years ago. Back then, the young netminder finished the tournament in style by winning it all as a member of the Hal

Lionheart

MONTREAL – If there’s one player who gave it his all every time he hit the ice in 2014-15, it was Brendan Gallagher.While things like character, effort and heart cannot be represented statistically, here are a few numbers that speak volumes about Gallagher’s campaign. He registered 254 shots on goal during the regular season, which was good for 16th spot in the NHL. He scored 21 goals at e

Showcasing his talent

QUEBEC CITY – Michael McCarron is taking advantage of the 2015 Memorial Cup to show Canadiens fans what the future has in store.The Habs’ lack of size at centre has been a hot topic as of late in Montreal. Even general manager Marc Bergevin affirmed that acquiring a towering pivot wasn’t as easy as some people believed. Fortunately, the CH might have a solution to that problem already in the s

Moving on up

MONTREAL – As far as changes of scenery go, Torrey Mitchell couldn’t have asked for better in 2014-15.Once a member of the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains on Montreal’s south shore during his Midget AAA days, Mitchell never could have imagined that some 15 years later, he’d be playing for his hometown Habs.Yet there he was suiting up at the Bell Centre for the first time as recently as M

Hab at Heart: Charles Lafortune

Whether he’s hosting a television show or a radio program, Charles Lafortune always keeps a close eye on his beloved Canadiens. We met up with the man who discovers some of the best voices in Quebec to learn more about his passion for all things CH.How long have you been a Canadiens fan?CHARLES LAFORTUNE: I’ve been a Canadiens fan since I was born. There really wasn’t any other alternative

2015 Memorial Cup preview

The 2015 Memorial Cup will take place from May 22 to 31 in Quebec City. Two Canadiens prospects – forward Michael McCarron and goaltender Zachary Fucale – will take part in the annual tournament. Here’s a preview of what to expect.Quebec Remparts (40-25-1-2) – Tournament hostsThis year’s hosts were also nearly the QMJHL champions after falling in double-overtime to the Rimouski Oceanic in

Punching his ticket

MONTREAL – This past season, Nathan Beaulieu made it abundantly clear that he wouldn’t be returning to the AHL ranks anytime soon.Since making his professional debut two years ago after enjoying a stellar Junior career, Beaulieu’s road towards NHL stardom has included the natural highs and lows that typically come with the territory. After several stints with the big club over the last few sea

Thriving under pressure

MONTREAL – Much was expected of P.K. Subban this past season and he didn’t disappoint. When Subban signed the most lucrative contract ever given to a player in Canadiens history last August, he knew that people would be paying particularly close attention to his performance in 2014-15, even more so than they had in his four previous seasons in Montreal. The fact that he’d returned from Sochi

No place like Montreal

MONTREAL – It’s hard to predict exactly which pending free agents will be back in Montreal next season, but it’s safe to say they’d all like to be. There aren’t many markets like Montreal in the NHL, and whether having experienced the city for just three months or three seasons, it can often be difficult to imagine playing anywhere else. That bodes well for general manager Marc Bergevin he

Taking stock

BROSSARD – It was Marc Bergevin’s turn to meet with members of the media on Friday to assess his hockey club’s performance and provide some insight on a number of key topics heading into the offseason.Just days after seeing his troops fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2, the Canadiens’ general manager spent just over 50 minutes fielding questions at the Bell Sports Complex. The press co

Putting things in perspective

BROSSARD – Failing to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs isn’t cause for concern among members of the Canadiens’ leadership corps.Assistant captains Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, along with goaltender Carey Price, were among 16 Habs to meet the media on Thursday at the Bell Sports Complex to formally evaluate the 2014-15 campaign, which came to an

What they said

Curtain call

TAMPA – There’s a reason only four teams in NHL history have ever erased a three-game deficit to win a series.The 2014-15 Canadiens had already made history prior to puck drop on Tuesday night after becoming the first group of Habs to ever force a Game 6 when trailing a series 0-3. Having already staved off elimination twice to earn a return trip to Tampa, the Habs needed to string together an

The Numbers Game: Game #6 - May 12, 2015

TAMPA – Here's a numerical look at Game 6 between the Habs and Lightning on Tuesday night.7 – Number of times the Canadiens have taken part in a Game 6 since 2010, having now won five of those seven Game 6 outings in the last six postseasons, including Washington (2010), Pittsburgh (2010), Boston (2011, 2014) and Ottawa (2015).1 – Number of times the Habs have been outshot in the Eastern C

Game Preview: Canadiens @ Lightning - Round 2, Game 6

CANADIENS @ LIGHTNING – Round 2, Game 6The Lightning leads the series 3-2The Canadiens will try to push their second round series against the Lightning to the limit on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.Saturday at the Bell Centre, Michel Therrien’s troops forced a Game 6 after initially trailing a series 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. Pierre-Alexandre scored the game-winner in the 2-1

Making history

TAMPA – A day before facing elimination for a third-straight game, the Canadiens don’t appear to be a team burdened by pressure. The Habs hit the ice in Tampa looking loose and focused on Wednesday, hardly the picture of a team ready to see their season come to a close on Thursday night. That could be because they’ve been here before. “We’re used to playing in games where there’s no tomorr

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #6

MIND THE GAP: Much has been made about the difficulty of rallying back from a three-game deficit, but after winning Game 5, the Habs now find themselves in much more familiar territory. The Canadiens have trailed a series 3-2 on 31 different occasions in franchise history and have gone on to win eight of those best-of-seven matchups, including three of the last five times they’ve found themselves

LE PARTY DU CLUB - May 12, 2015

PRESS RELEASEThe Montreal Canadiens and evenko invite all Canadiens fans to Le Party DU Club for the screening of Game 6 in the Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:00 p.m.) at the Bell Centre!The excitement and intensity of this important playoff game will be broadcast in high definition (feed in French) on the Bell Centre video board. Fans

Playoff Notebook: May 10

TAMPA – In Sunday’s playoff notebook, Lars Eller talks big game experience, Devante Smith-Pelly outlines the team’s belief level and Michel Therrien has high praise for his team’s play in the D zone, led by All-Star netminder, Carey Price. DO OR DIE: The Canadiens have made a habit of coming out swinging when their season has been on the line over the last few years, and so far 2015 has been n

Halfway there

MONTREAL – Having never comeback from an 0-3 series deficit, the Habs had never forced a Game 6 under those circumstances either. Until Saturday.Staving off elimination for a second game in a row to pull within a single win of a return trip home for a deciding Game 7, the Habs achieved the feat for the first time with the help of some first-timers of their own.Heading into the contest with

The Numbers Game: Game #5 - May 9, 2015

MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at Game 5 between the Habs and Lightning on Saturday night.1 – Number of times the Canadiens have forced a Game 6 after initially trailing a series 0-3, achieving the feat for the first time following Saturday’s win.8 – Number of best-of-seven series the Habs have gone on to win after initially trailing a series 2-3, up from just two when down 1-3 and zer

Game Preview: Canadiens @ Lightning - Game 5 - Round 2

LIGHTNING @ CANADIENS – Round 2 – Game 5Tampa Bay leads the series 3-1The Canadiens will try to pull back within a single win of a series tie against the Lightning on Saturday.Hosting Game 5 at the Bell Centre, the Habs now face elimination for a second time in a row following Thursday’s convincing 6-2 win in Tampa.After struggling on offense since the start of the series, 13 diffe

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #5

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES: Looking alive after pounding the Lightning 6-2 in Tampa on Thursday, Habs fans can dare to dream once again as the series now returns to Montreal for Game 5 – and with good reason. Despite having never climbed out of a three-game hole, a 3-1 series deficit is one the Habs have been able to solve in the not-so-distant past. In just over the last decade, the Canadiens hav

Ultimate fighters

TAMPA – If the Tampa Bay Lightning thought they’d have an easy time sending the Canadiens packing on Thursday night, they were sorely mistaken.Michel Therrien’s troops strung together their best effort of the postseason in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series, torching the Lightning 6-2 at Amalie Arena. The Canadiens avoided elimination with the victory, and now trail the serie

The Numbers Game: Game #4 - May 7, 2015

TAMPA – Here's a numerical look at Game 4 between the Habs and Lightning on Thursday night.69 – Number of playoff games Michel Therrien has helmed over the course of his NHL career, including Thursday night’s tilt at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Therrien joined veteran bench boss Randy Carlyle in 38th spot among all head coaches in League history in that department.5 – Number of weeks that have


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