It looked and felt like the real thing this morning as 40 young Habs prospects capped off their week-long development camp with some game action at the Bell Sports Complex.
The Whites prevailed, earning a 7-4 win over the Reds, performing under the attentive gazes of numerous fans who turned out to take in the contest. Defenceman, PK Subban, who was met with the biggest cheers of the day, powered the white squad with a pair of goals, one coming on a penalty shot.
“The crowd is just awesome here. It’s something I tell everyone when I go back to Toronto. When we’re tired the fans give us that extra energy to explode on the ice and give our maximum effort. To jump onto the ice and hear “Go, Habs, Go!” is really something special,” said Subban, who will spend what is left of his summer gearing up for training camp.
Even though Yannick Webber first games in a Canadiens sweater are behind him, he feels that development camps like the one he’s taking part in are positive experiences. The Swiss blueliner will be heading home shortly to train alongside a good friend.
“I’m returning to Switzerland in a couple days and I’m going to work out with my compatriot, Mark Streit, before coming back here for more on-ice sessions during training camp.”
Asked if he had gone into his own pocket to pay the travel expenses involved, a visibly amused Webber replied, “Since Mark makes a bit more money than I do, he paid for the trip.”
This spring’s first round draft choice, Louis Leblanc
, seemed to have enjoyed his experience in Brossard.
“It’s certain that everyone improved this week, both in terms of skating and puck control. I gained a lot of experience in a short time and to finish up with a game like this is very exciting because you get to see the differences between the players. We can all skate and shoot but in a game situation it becomes more evident.”
A relaxed-looking Trevor Timmins, who choreographed the activities of the past week, seemed pleased with what the youngsters, about 20 of whom will be back for the Rookie Camp, had shown over the past week.
“We had an excellent development camp. The players showed a lot of character and a willingness to learn. They have begun a bonding process and the next time they play together they’ll be more familiar with each other.”
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