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Habs notebook : Sept. 19, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
A little off the top: Armed with a fresh multi-year contract, Andrei Kostitsyn is apparently a new man in more ways than one. The slick winger arrived at the Bell Centre with a Belarussian twist on a Canadian classic - the mullet. With his hair almost shaven on top and longer in the back, Kostitsyn will be sticking out for a reason other than his usual highlight reel goals this season.

Call him Mr. Souvlaki:
While Jaroslav Halak did head home to Slovakia as expected this summer, he also set some time aside to travel with his girlfriend Petra. The happy couple headed off to Greece for a summer getaway.

“We went to Crete and it was really beautiful. I heard about how nice it was there, but I still couldn’t believe it when I saw it for myself,” said Halak after undergoing his physical on Friday. “It was a lot of fun and unlike anywhere we’d ever been before.”

Jack of all trades:
If Canadiens fans have learned anything in recent years, it’s that Alex Kovalev can do it all on the ice. His vast skills don’t end there, though. This season, Kovy will be wearing a brand new, specially-designed pair of gloves, bearing a new twist on his AK27 logo by Warrior. The sleek new gloves also come complete with an image of an airplane, as a tribute to the accomplished pilot/winger.

Been there, done that!  With the ink still damp on his new one-year contract signed last week, Patrice Brisebois hit the ice on Friday for the 17th Canadiens training camp of his career.  On the other side of the coin, 20 players are getting their first taste of Habs camp life, including Max Pacioretty, the youngest player in attendance. Pacioretty was only a year old when the veteran Brisebois took his first strides at a Habs training camp back in 1989, alongside the likes of his current coach Guy Carbonneau.

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