MONTREAL – A deam will come true for two young players on Saturday.
Phillipe Lefebvre and Olivier Archambault
, who have yet to gear up in the preseason will both have the chance to do so in the match up against the Senators in Montreal.
“I found out Friday night. Since then, I’ve tried to keep calm so I can perform as best I can even though it’s something really big for me," explained Lefebvre after morning practice where he was paired up with Ian Schultz
and Dany Massé.
“I told everyone today that I wasn’t going to do anything but concentrate on my game. I don’t know who found tickets or not,” mentioned the Trois-Rivières native, whose parents will be cheering from the stands. “I’m happy they get to see me play here. I know it’s a proud moment for myself but also for them; it makes me proud to play in front of them.”
A few stalls away, Archambault was also getting ready for his first appearance at the Bell Centre.
“It’s going to be an amazing experience for me. It was my goal coming in here and now I’ve achieved it. I want to show what I’m capable of,” admitted Archambault, who was lined up with Phil DeSimone and Travis Moen
at morning practice.
The Le Gardeur native knows that the experience of skating in front of 21,273 spectators at the Bell Centre isn’t a chance given to just anyone and he's planning on soaking in the experience.
“I don’t think I’ll be thinking about anything else but playing hockey. Not many people have that chance and I will take full advantage of it,” added the 18 year-old winger.
Amongst the eight veterans who will be in the Habs lineup against the Sens, Josh Gorges
is enjoying his role as a “big brother” during camp.
“For us it’s good to see how excited they get. It’s contagious to see how much energy they have. It just goes to show you how fun this game is,” expressed the 27-year-old blue-liner. “You just want to tell them not to be too nervous, to just go in there and play their best. That’s part of our job: to calm them down and make sure they do their best.” Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Lee Anne Vincent O'Connor.SEE ALSOBoards and whistles
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