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Canadiens' rookie camp to begin Monday

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Bell Centre set to host 24 Habs' prospects in preparation for annual Rookie Tournament in Ottawa

Canadiens assistant coach and goaltending guru Roland Melanson will once again be front and center as the Habs look to groom their stars of tomorrow beginning next week at the Bell Centre.


MONTREAL- The Canadiens announced Wednesday that their 2005 Rookie Camp will start on Monday, Sept. 5 at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens' main training camp will be held from Sept. 13 to October 4.

Twenty-four prospects will participate in practice sessions in Montreal before taking part in a rookie tournament at the Corel Centre and the Civic Centre, in Ottawa, from Sept. 6 to 10. The round-robin tournament will feature five NHL clubs; the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Ottawa Senators and the Canadiens.

Six of the Canadiens' seven selections from the 2005 Entry Draft will participate in the rookie camp, including the top two picks, goaltender Carey Price and forward Guillaume Latendresse. The Canadiens' 2004 top pick, Kyle Chipchura, will also be attending.

Itinerary- 2005 Rookie Camp and Tournament

Sept. 5        Practice                                           2:00 p.m.       Bell Centre, Montreal


Sept. 6        Practice                                           10:00 a.m.     Bell Centre, Montreal

                  Departure for Ottawa                        2:00 p.m.


Sept. 7        Practice                                           9:00 a.m.       Corel Centre, Ottawa

                  Game - Florida vs Canadiens           4:30 p.m.       Corel Centre, Ottawa


Sept. 8        Practice                                           12:00 p.m.     Corel Centre, Ottawa

                  Game - Canadiens vs Toronto         8:00 p.m.       Corel Centre, Ottawa


Sept. 9        Practice                                           9:00 a.m.       Civic Centre, Ottawa

                  Game - Carolina vs Canadiens         4:30 p.m.       Civic Centre, Ottawa


Sept. 10      Practice                                           12:00 p.m.     Civic Centre, Ottawa

                  Game - Canadiens vs Ottawa          8:00 p.m.       Civic Centre, Ottawa

            Departure for Montreal


Rookie Camp Roster

Forwards (14)

Defensemen (7)

Goaltenders (3)

Aubin, Mathieu (C) *

Benoit, Andre  #

Halak, Jaroslav ©

Bonneau, Jimmy (AG) ©

Bisaillon, Sebastien

Lacasse, Loic *

Chipchura, Kyle (C) *

Dawson, Aaron

Price, Carey *

D'Agostini, Matthew (AD) *

Dulac-Lemelin, Alex *

DeBlois, Dominic (AD) ¼

Lavallee, Kevin

Kostitsyn, Sergei (AG) *

Marcotte, Nicolas

Lambert, Michael (AG) ©

Sanford, James #

Lapierre, Maxim (C) ©

Latendresse, Guillaume (AD) *

Coaching Staff

Lemieux, Francis (AD) #

Rick Green

Mikus, Juraj (AD) *

Roland Melanson

Stewart, Gregory (AG) *

Ron Wilson

Tardif, Jamie (AD)

Urquhart, Cory (C) ©

* Draft Selections (10)           ¼ Invited as try-outs (6)       © Under contract (5)              # AHL Contract (3)
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