BROSSARD – Just a few hours away from some well-deserved time off, Gabriel Dumont
talks about his week at development camp and what his summer has in store.
After a great postseason run that saw him and the rest of the Bulldogs make it all the way to Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, the young center was back to work this week for the Canadiens’ development camp.
“We’re here to learn and to enjoy ourselves. We really didn’t get much of a break after the playoffs with Hamilton, so I’m going to allow myself a quiet week after this before I get back to serious training,” explained Dumont who led all Bulldogs’ rookies in postseason points. “I’m going to try and remember all of the little tips and tricks they’ve given us this week and put them to use over the summer so I can get myself in the best shape possible.”
Even if he’s currently attending his third development camp with the Canadiens, Dumont was quick to point out that they are always new things for him to pick up.
“Every year that I come here, I learn something new. Working on my skating with Paul Lawson and my shot with Tim Turk has been a huge help. There’s obviously always room for improvement. You can always be faster, you always have a harder shot,” pointed out the Canadiens fifth-round draft pick of 2009.
Just like the rest of his Hamilton teammates, the young Dégelis native from the Bas-Saint-Laurent region is planning to make the most of the little time off he has before jumping back into his summer training to prepare for the upcoming season.
“I’m going to head back home and enjoy some time there for a while, but I’m definitely coming back to Montreal a few times to keep working on some elements of my game. I have a personal trainer in Rivière-du-Loup, and there’s also Gabriel Bourque from the Nashville Predators organization that comes from the same area I do, so we usually see a lot of each other over the summer,” said Dumont, who will finally get to sit down tonight for the first time in a long time, to enjoy a dinner with his family.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.comALSO READ:Meet Joonas Nattinen Habby Birthday Cammy! Notebook - June 7, 2011 Triple Crown The Big Three