BROSSARD – One month after general manager Bob Gainey gave his Habs a free agent extreme makeover, five of his newest acquisitions were on hand at the Bell Sports Complex to check out their new digs for the first time.
After Hal Gill made his inaugural trip to the team’s official practice facility on July 26, forwards Scott Gomez
, Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta
and Travis Moen
joined defenseman Paul Mara in Brossard today for a sneak peek at their new home away from home.
Like Christmas morning, the five new stars also unwrapped their new Canadiens jerseys and got a taste of how they’ll look in the bleu-blanc-rouge next season.
“I love this jersey,” proclaimed Gomez, looking towards the No. 91 jersey he’ll be sporting in Montreal. “Not bad at all!”
Mara, Moen, Cammalleri and Gionta didn’t take much longer to give their new duds a few big thumbs up. While he might have grown up in the heart of Leafs country, Cammalleri’s true loyalty shone through, striking up a deal to hang on to his new sweater.
“So, can I keep it,” joked the Habs’ speedy new No. 13. “I can for real? Seriously? That’s awesome!”
After some careful negotiating and a jam-packed afternoon in Brossard, Cammalleri and his four new buddies skipped out of Brossard with their jerseys in tow, ready to show off their brand new colors to friends and family.
Their first trip out to the South Shore was hardly a walk in the park, though. After a few rounds of interviewing and photo ops with the team in preparation for next season, the quintet hopped on the ice to show off their moves to the 250 kids at the complex taking part in the fourth and final week of the Canadiens Hockey School. Sharpies in hand, they then diligently headed into the peewee, atom and novice dressing rooms to sign autographs and meet some of their newest fans in person.
Thrilled to see the five stars all at once, the minor hockey players won’t be forgetting the encounter anytime soon. Enjoying their first visit to their new home, chances are good that Day 1 in their new city will stick with the new Habs for a little while as well. Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
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