BROSSARD – How does Michael Cammalleri kick back and unwind after a long season? By working harder than ever.
While most people spend the summer vacationing with friends and family or lounging by the pool, Cammalleri isn’t exactly a poster boy for the lazy days of summer. Between putting the finishing touches on his new digs, helping out at youth hockey schools and hitting the squat rack for punishing sessions in the gym, the Richmond Hill, ON native is busier than ever these days.
“It was so hectic and busy right after the playoffs. I spent some time in Montreal early on – I purchased a home here during the season and I took some time getting it set up and settling in. It feels like home there already,” confirmed Cammalleri. “I’ve been back and forth between Montreal and Toronto a lot training and seeing people and taking care of some stuff before the season starts.”
Cammalleri has also made sure to spend some quality time with his fellow Habs this offseason.
“I train with Matt Nichol in Toronto. He’s my full-time strength, conditioning and nutrition coach and we train one-on-one but he trains a couple of other guys there too,” described the 28-year-old sniper. “Actually, I’m going to be skating with P.K. [Subban] and Scott [Gomez] in a couple of weeks in Toronto at a BioSteel camp there with a bunch of other NHLers just getting set for training camp.”
Although Cammalleri didn’t jet off to an island to decompress after leading the league with 13 playoff goals this spring, he’s still managing to fit a little vacation time into his hectic schedule.
“I’m going to the University of Michigan Alumni hockey weekend in early August which will be fun,” offered the former Wolverine. “The guys get together and there’s a big game so it’ll be a really good, quick two-day vacation to see some old friends.
“I got to see the Formula 1 here earlier in the summer which was great and I was lucky enough to play with Charles Howell III at the Canadian Open pro-am, too,” recounted Cammalleri on his first summer as a Hab. “But by far playing golf with Freddie [Couples] was the coolest thing I’ve done this summer. He’s been a hero of mine since I was a kid so it was really special to get to do that.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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