HabsTV sat down with Geoff Molson as the Canadiens president and CEO took to Twitter and Instagram to answer fan questions about why NHL teams wear white on the road, hockey innovation, and Ryan Poehling's potential.
The first question is from Montreal Sports World:
"Can we bring white jerseys back for home games? We won our last eight Cups under that system."
I think it was in 2003 that the NHL decided we would wear our red jerseys at home and the whites on the road. It wasn't discussed at the NHL level. From time to time, we can make adjustments and get permission to wear our white jerseys at home.
The next question is from Tarik Rahman:
"Where would you rank the Canadiens in terms of hockey innovation and business innovation compared to the other 30 NHL teams?"
It's a good question. In fact, off the ice, the 31 teams collaborate quite well. We do share ideas, business opportunities, and growth opportunities.
From a business perspective, that includes innovation. I would say the Montreal Canadiens are certainly in the top tier in terms of innovative ideas and leadership when it comes to the business.
At the same time, we're not shy to steal from others or talk to others about opportunities to get even better so our fans can have an even better experience.
As far as hockey goes, there's no question that as time goes on, the investment in data analytics has increased significantly. We're on that same campaign to try and gather as much information as possible so we can make the best decisions possible about not only the players we have now, but the players we want to bring into the organization in the future - or even draft in the future. Data analytics is certainly becoming an increasing part of our business. We are in line with the rest of the hockey teams that are doing the same thing.
This next question is from Darryl:
"Do you expect Ryan Poehling to sign at the end of his college season this year?"
Ryan is one of our future prospects that we drafted in the first round. It certainly would be our expectation for him to sign when he's ready to sign with us. He is a junior in college and the decision remains his as to when he chooses to sign with us. We're certainly excited about that day and to see him try and make the Montreal Canadiens as one of our centermen.
As we look to the future, it looks pretty bright, which includes him as part of our organization.
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