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Pedaling for a cause

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BROSSARD – Just because the regular season is underway doesn’t mean that the Canadiens have put any of their social or community involvement initiatives on hold.

Following practice on Friday, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher and Jarred Tinordi hit the stationary bike for a very good cause, taking part in a “Spin-o-don” to benefit Centraide, which will hold its inaugural relay bike spinning challenge, presented by Desjardins, on October 21st at Complexe Desjardins.

“The team is always getting involved with Centraide. We were approached to take part in the “Spin-o-don”, but unfortunately we can’t participate in it because we’re playing a game that day. We hope that people will learn more about the cause and that it will help out,” offered Pacioretty, the man behind staging the friendly competition that featured a team comprised of himself and Desharnais up against the team of Brendan Gallagher and Jarred Tinordi. “David and I wanted to choose guys who’d give us good competition. It just so happened that it was the young guys that were our best competition.”

And, Pacioretty could definitely count on Desharnais, a relatively experienced cyclist, to be a first-class teammate. After all, Desharnais has previously participated in the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie.

“We have a social responsibility as members of the Canadiens. If we can help people in need, it’s a great thing. Helping out is important,” mentioned Desharnais, who was tired, but visibly pleased to have given his best effort on Friday.

If Pacioretty and Desharnais were determined to pedal for a cause, they were also determined to best their opponents in the five-minute competition.

“Everything becomes competitive in the world of sports. But, I think they were holding on to some energy for the game on Saturday,” joked Pacioretty, poking fun at Gallagher and Tinordi even though the final result was relatively close.

For more details about this fundraising effort, click here.

Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for


Le Spin-O-Don de Pacioretty, Desharnais, Tinordi et Gallagher pour Centraide! / Pacioretty, Desharnais, Tinordi and Gallagher did the Spin-O-Don for Centraide! #GoHabsGo

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