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I have only been there once (on Monday) but I do know people that go often.

Is there more or less room for spectator then Pierrefonds?

yes, but you can't watch from inside the arena like in Pierrefonds (which sucks) because you have to stand (hard for people in the back to see anything!!

Is it free?

yes!

Access to players for autograph, is it indoor parking for players?

Yes players park inside and one fan that goes all the time told me on Monday watch out because Price zoooms off <_<:lol: so don't get in his way. :D

Starting from saturday, how long are they going to be there?

It starts on Sunday and they will be there til Wed (first preseason game is on Thursday)

Thanks= you are very welcome.

arena in Brossard is beautiful, but Pierrefonds>Brossard IMO.

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I should keep all those secrets to myself, but eh... B)

I was there today, at the Training Center in Brossard, mainly to see the Rookies simili-game which was scheduled for 9h00. There was quite a lot of people, and they let us in the seating section around the rink for the occasion. It was a "first come, first seated" type of thing.

Afterwards, ô surprise, we were treated to an unscheduled Veterans practice on the other rink. We didn't get to sit in, but the entire rink is surrounded by huge bay windows to allow us to watch the practices from above. They had a pretend game as well, reds against whites. It lasted an hour or so.

Staff members informed us that on next Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the seating area would be accessible from 11h00 to noon, first come, first seated, no charge. Apart from that, access to the training center is absolutely free, there is a lot of room, movable chairs and stools for those who can't stand too long, and the coffee is pretty good. :D

For autographs, the most motivated amongst us waited at the players' exit, outside, and as players exited the building in their cars, most of them stopped, lowered their window and took time to sign autographs and take pictures. They were really nice about it.

I posted here the links to some of the cool pictures I got today:

Carey Price

Scott Gomez

Mike Cammalleri

Maxime Lapierre

Jaroslav Halak

Hal Gill

Brian Gionta

Andrei Markov

That's it. Hope it answered your questions. :D

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I'm sure we have all seen the training camp roster by now, and the rosters for the three different teams have now also been posted. Per habs inside out:

For those coming to Brossard the next few days, or those in training-camp pools, here are the teams for the Canadiens' camp. Players are listed in alphabetical order, just so no one thinks that Jason Missiaen is ahead of Carey Price on the goaltending depth chart.

Team A: Goal: Missiaen, Price; Defence: Henry, Mara, Markov, Stejskal, St. Denis, Subban; Forwards: D'Agostini, Johansson, Laraque, Lapierre, Latendresse, Lefebvre, Metroopolit, Russell, Stewart, Trotter.

Team B: Goal: Halak, Mayer; Defence: Anderson, Bennett, Carle, Hamrlik, Spacek, Weber; Forwards: Cammalleri, Chipchura, Conboy, Desharnais, Fortier, Glumac, Gomez, A. Kostitsyn, Pacioretty, White.

Team C: Goal: Desjardins, Sanford; Defence: Belle, Benoit, Busto, Gill, Gorges, O'Byrne; Forwards: Darche, Gionta, S. Kostitsyn, Maxwell, Moen, Neilson, Plekanec, Pyatt, Wyman.

Some interesting observations:

Defense

The consensus top 7 defensemen are allocated as follows:

Team A: Markov - Mara

Team B: Hamrlik - Spacek

Team C: Gill - George - Obyrne

Could this provide some insight into our starting defensive pairings?

Offense

The consensus top 5 fowards are allocated as follows:

Team B: Cammalleri - Gomez - A Kostitsyn

Team C: Plekanec - Gionta

Potential top line and at least 2/3 of line #2?

Also of interest:

- Sergei is on team C, meaning he could have first crack at making his case to play in the top 6. (Assuming he is paired with Pleks and Gionta)

- Latendresse and Lapierre are both on team A. Could be a sign of things to come as we know Martin looks to build through chemistry in pairs.

Before you say anything, yes I realize these rosters don't really mean anything, but if you're as eager for the season to start as I am, conspiracy theories and speculation are a fun way to pass the time. :D

P.S. admins: if there is an existing thread this would fit better under, please move it and accept my appologies.

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Some interesting observations:

Defense

The consensus top 7 defensemen are allocated as follows:

Team A: Markov - Mara

Team B: Hamrlik - Spacek

Team C: Gill - George - Obyrne

Could this provide some insight into our starting defensive pairings?

Offense

The consensus top 5 fowards are allocated as follows:

Team B: Cammalleri - Gomez - A Kostitsyn

Team C: Plekanec - Gionta

Potential top line and at least 2/3 of line #2?

Also of interest:

- Sergei is on team C, meaning he could have first crack at making his case to play in the top 6. (Assuming he is paired with Pleks and Gionta)

- Latendresse and Lapierre are both on team A. Could be a sign of things to come as we know Martin looks to build through chemistry in pairs.

Before you say anything, yes I realize these rosters don't really mean anything, but if you're as eager for the season to start as I am, conspiracy theories and speculation are a fun way to pass the time. :D

P.S. admins: if there is an existing thread this would fit better under, please move it and accept my appologies.

you know what i noticed that too! and i like the way they have the D pairings, also like the fact that a.k-gomez-camms are on the same line!

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as to c:

lot of problems. moen alternating with sk is great if and only if o'b individualizes cause the top of the circle is too hard to manage with no speed, but at least pleks might get to know the front left side of the net with gionta's help out there. (i'm assuming o'b is on the right side)

i mean i think pleks naturally drifts right, but that's just cause he doesn't rotate his wrists well when he gets cramped on the left side. he needs to let his right hand hang-- its just practice. you can't hold your stick too tight.

pleks does that.

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DAY 1: COMPLETE!

BROSSARD - It might only be Day 1 of training camp at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, but the intensity on the ice is already in mid-season form. After a few early training sessions on Sunday morning, Team A (Whites) took on Team B (Reds) for an intrasquad scrimmage in front of a packed crowd at the team’s practice facility.

The fans didn’t come away disappointed. While neither team was putting on a goal-scoring clinic, there was still plenty of playmaking and superb goaltending to go around. The Reds were the first on the scoresheet, with Scott Gomez notching his first – albeit unofficial – goal as a Hab. With 18:27 gone in the first period, the shifty center deked his way into the White’s zone before cutting in to beat Carey Price and putting his team on the board.

“It was the kind of goal where you close your eyes and let it go. It was just that kind of day out there today,” admitted the team’s new No. 91, who also happened to notice the encouragement of one particular fan’s demand for a big season from the Alaska native. “I heard him. I thought I was the only one who heard him out there. And hey, I replied with a goal, right?”

The other goal of the day came from sophomore forward Gregory Stewart, off a nice feed from center Glen Metropolit.

At the end of the 40 minute tilt, the game headed into a shootout to decide the outcome. True to form, shootout specialist Maxim Lapierre notched the winner on a nifty move to beat goalie Robert Mayer.

Fans in attendance also got a taste of the gritty play they can expect from the team this season, with no shortage of big bodychecks being thrown on Sunday, most notably by rookie defenseman P.K. Subban.

“I’m the type of guy who plays a physical game and I’m not about to hold back here,” explained the 20-year-old, who delivered bone-crunching hits to Ryan White and Max Pacioretty. “It wasn’t a really physical game. That’s hockey and it’s normal to have contact like that. I went to see Pacioretty after and there was no problem there at all.”

Mike Cammalleri also made his debut with the Canadiens on Sunday, playing alongside Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn.

“It was great playing with Scott and Andrei. They’re both really good hockey players. Obviously the coaches are going to want to test out different line combinations here.”

Questioned about the standing-room only number of fans who make the trip to Brossard for the scrimmage, the 27-year-old winger was clearly enjoying the atmosphere in his new environment.

“Were there people in the stands? Seriously, it didn’t feel like I was being watched out there at all,” joked Cammalleri. “I think people are really excited about the team and about the season that’s coming and you can feel that energy throughout the entire organization.”

Jaroslav Spacek also got his first taste of playing in front of the Montreal faithful and the Czech rearguard can’t wait for more of the same this year.

“That was definitely the first time I’ve ever played in front of that many people in an intrasquad scrimmage on the first day of camp,” confirmed the sharp-shooting blue-liner. “I had a lot of fun today. After a few months without playing, it felt good to get back into more intense and faster games. I think we have a small team, but the guys can hit really hard.”

Bombarded with questions about his blue line throughout the day, head coach Jacques Martin seemed more-than-pleased with his crop of offensive defensemen.

“We want to encourage our D to jump into the rush. Look around at other teams in the NHL and you see the value in sending in a defenseman as a fourth man on the attack,” noted the Habs’ new bench boss, referring to young standouts Yannick Weber and P.K. Subban looking to crack the Montreal roster.

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Team A: Goal: Missiaen, Price; Defence: Henry, Mara, Markov, Stejskal, St. Denis, Subban; Forwards: D'Agostini, Johansson, Laraque, Lapierre, Latendresse, Lefebvre, Metroopolit, Russell, Stewart, Trotter.

IMO Best goaltending, Best defense

Team B: Goal: Halak, Mayer; Defence: Anderson, Bennett, Carle, Hamrlik, Spacek, Weber; Forwards: Cammalleri, Chipchura, Conboy, Desharnais, Fortier, Glumac, Gomez, A. Kostitsyn, Pacioretty, White.

IMO Best offense

Team C: Goal: Desjardins, Sanford; Defence: Belle, Benoit, Busto, Gill, Gorges, O'Byrne; Forwards: Darche, Gionta, S. Kostitsyn, Maxwell, Moen, Neilson, Plekanec, Pyatt, Wyman.

IMO Most Gritty

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Team A: Goal: Missiaen, Price; Defence: Henry, Mara, Markov, Stejskal, St. Denis, Subban; Forwards: D'Agostini, Johansson, Laraque, Lapierre, Latendresse, Lefebvre, Metroopolit, Russell, Stewart, Trotter.

IMO Best goaltending, Best defense

Team B: Goal: Halak, Mayer; Defence: Anderson, Bennett, Carle, Hamrlik, Spacek, Weber; Forwards: Cammalleri, Chipchura, Conboy, Desharnais, Fortier, Glumac, Gomez, A. Kostitsyn, Pacioretty, White.

IMO Best offense

Team C: Goal: Desjardins, Sanford; Defence: Belle, Benoit, Busto, Gill, Gorges, O'Byrne; Forwards: Darche, Gionta, S. Kostitsyn, Maxwell, Moen, Neilson, Plekanec, Pyatt, Wyman.

IMO Most Gritty

there was another thread with this posted and another member and i noticed something going from these team sets.

From Team A:

1.Markov-Mara. who knows if they were playing together but interesting to see they are in the pool. 1-2

2.Lats-Laps- maybe to see if they still have that chemistry from last season.

From Team B:

1.Hammer-Spacek- another defensive pairing, possible 3-4

2.Camms-Gomez-AK- potentially to see what they can do together

From Team C:

1.Gill-Gorges- yet another possible D pairing. 5-6

2-Pleks with Gionta? and possible wingers of SK and Moen?

yes they probably dont man anything but its fun to speculate.

also, out of the other d-men at camp i think they will be looking at Belle,Subban and Weber the most

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DAY 1: COMPLETE!

BROSSARD - It might only be Day 1 of training camp at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, but the intensity on the ice is already in mid-season form. After a few early training sessions on Sunday morning, Team A (Whites) took on Team B (Reds) for an intrasquad scrimmage in front of a packed crowd at the team’s practice facility.

The fans didn’t come away disappointed. While neither team was putting on a goal-scoring clinic, there was still plenty of playmaking and superb goaltending to go around. The Reds were the first on the scoresheet, with Scott Gomez notching his first – albeit unofficial – goal as a Hab. With 18:27 gone in the first period, the shifty center deked his way into the White’s zone before cutting in to beat Carey Price and putting his team on the board.

“It was the kind of goal where you close your eyes and let it go. It was just that kind of day out there today,” admitted the team’s new No. 91, who also happened to notice the encouragement of one particular fan’s demand for a big season from the Alaska native. “I heard him. I thought I was the only one who heard him out there. And hey, I replied with a goal, right?”

The other goal of the day came from sophomore forward Gregory Stewart, off a nice feed from center Glen Metropolit.

At the end of the 40 minute tilt, the game headed into a shootout to decide the outcome. True to form, shootout specialist Maxim Lapierre notched the winner on a nifty move to beat goalie Robert Mayer.

Fans in attendance also got a taste of the gritty play they can expect from the team this season, with no shortage of big bodychecks being thrown on Sunday, most notably by rookie defenseman P.K. Subban.

“I’m the type of guy who plays a physical game and I’m not about to hold back here,” explained the 20-year-old, who delivered bone-crunching hits to Ryan White and Max Pacioretty. “It wasn’t a really physical game. That’s hockey and it’s normal to have contact like that. I went to see Pacioretty after and there was no problem there at all.”

Mike Cammalleri also made his debut with the Canadiens on Sunday, playing alongside Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn.

“It was great playing with Scott and Andrei. They’re both really good hockey players. Obviously the coaches are going to want to test out different line combinations here.”

Questioned about the standing-room only number of fans who make the trip to Brossard for the scrimmage, the 27-year-old winger was clearly enjoying the atmosphere in his new environment.

“Were there people in the stands? Seriously, it didn’t feel like I was being watched out there at all,” joked Cammalleri. “I think people are really excited about the team and about the season that’s coming and you can feel that energy throughout the entire organization.”

Jaroslav Spacek also got his first taste of playing in front of the Montreal faithful and the Czech rearguard can’t wait for more of the same this year.

“That was definitely the first time I’ve ever played in front of that many people in an intrasquad scrimmage on the first day of camp,” confirmed the sharp-shooting blue-liner. “I had a lot of fun today. After a few months without playing, it felt good to get back into more intense and faster games. I think we have a small team, but the guys can hit really hard.”

Bombarded with questions about his blue line throughout the day, head coach Jacques Martin seemed more-than-pleased with his crop of offensive defensemen.

“We want to encourage our D to jump into the rush. Look around at other teams in the NHL and you see the value in sending in a defenseman as a fourth man on the attack,” noted the Habs’ new bench boss, referring to young standouts Yannick Weber and P.K. Subban looking to crack the Montreal roster.

Hey there,

In the future, please post links to the sources when posting articles such as this.

http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=...vid=mtl-home-dl

Thanks. :)

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Team A (Price, Markov, Mara, Subban, Laraque, Max, Gui! ... among others) vs. Team C (Gill, Gorges, Gionta, Pleks, Moen)

Pleks-Moen-Gionta

Max-Gui!-D'Ags

And D'Agostini face-first into the end boards

• • •

Metropolit-BGL-Stewart (whom O'B flattens)

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Penalty shot:

Price stops Maxwell. Not even close.

• • •

Best rush so far: Max up the left wing, had Sanford beat but dinged the post.

• • •

Goalmouth scramble: Moen and Gionta knock Price back into the net.

• • •

D'Agostini pasted again.

This is not his morning.

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Save of the game: Sanford on Brock Trotter from close-in.

• • •

First goal!

Trotter on a penalty shot, two moves and a backhand past Sanford

• • •

Trotter again!

Wrister to the stick side.

He's on fire, and Team A leads 2-0

• • •

Gill a slash on Metropolit's stick.

My friend Gordon says he has a man-crush on P.K. Subban, thinks he should make the team.

Not yet.

• • •

Price: 40 minutes, one goal (yesterday), shutout today.

The Cup is ours

• • •

Reds score!

Maxwell wins a draw to the point, Gorges slapper beats Missiaen to the glove side.

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Team A (Price, Markov, Mara, Subban, Laraque, Max, Gui! ... among others) vs. Team C (Gill, Gorges, Gionta, Pleks, Moen)

Pleks-Moen-Gionta

Max-Gui!-D'Ags

And D'Agostini face-first into the end boards

• • •

Metropolit-BGL-Stewart (whom O'B flattens)

• • •

Penalty shot:

Price stops Maxwell. Not even close.

• • •

Best rush so far: Max up the left wing, had Sanford beat but dinged the post.

• • •

Goalmouth scramble: Moen and Gionta knock Price back into the net.

• • •

D'Agostini pasted again.

This is not his morning.

• • •

Save of the game: Sanford on Brock Trotter from close-in.

• • •

First goal!

Trotter on a penalty shot, two moves and a backhand past Sanford

• • •

Trotter again!

Wrister to the stick side.

He's on fire, and Team A leads 2-0

• • •

Gill a slash on Metropolit's stick.

My friend Gordon says he has a man-crush on P.K. Subban, thinks he should make the team.

Not yet.

• • •

Price: 40 minutes, one goal (yesterday), shutout today.

The Cup is ours

• • •

Reds score!

Maxwell wins a draw to the point, Gorges slapper beats Missiaen to the glove side.

awesome thanks for the play by play

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Team A (Price, Markov, Mara, Subban, Laraque, Max, Gui! ... among others) vs. Team C (Gill, Gorges, Gionta, Pleks, Moen)

Pleks-Moen-Gionta

Max-Gui!-D'Ags

And D'Agostini face-first into the end boards

• • •

Metropolit-BGL-Stewart (whom O'B flattens)

• • •

Penalty shot:

Price stops Maxwell. Not even close.

• • •

Best rush so far: Max up the left wing, had Sanford beat but dinged the post.

• • •

Goalmouth scramble: Moen and Gionta knock Price back into the net.

• • •

D'Agostini pasted again.

This is not his morning.

• • •

Save of the game: Sanford on Brock Trotter from close-in.

• • •

First goal!

Trotter on a penalty shot, two moves and a backhand past Sanford

• • •

Trotter again!

Wrister to the stick side.

He's on fire, and Team A leads 2-0

• • •

Gill a slash on Metropolit's stick.

My friend Gordon says he has a man-crush on P.K. Subban, thinks he should make the team.

Not yet.

• • •

Price: 40 minutes, one goal (yesterday), shutout today.

The Cup is ours

• • •

Reds score!

Maxwell wins a draw to the point, Gorges slapper beats Missiaen to the glove side.

Thank you for this vivid description,

seems like there was a lot of action. lol

*****! Why didn't I go!!! :P

Do you know what teams are going to be on tomorrow? (tuesday)

And was there any seating room left?

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Those play by play were from Boone's blog on HIO so here's the rest:

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Goal of the game: Pleks 30-footer, top shelf on the massive Missiaen.

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Reds take the lead: Mathieu Darche goes five-hole on a penalty shot. Missiaen will need time.

• • •

Sharp today: Markov

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Metropolit: High glove side on Desjardins. A laser.

• • •

Classic Brian Gionta goal: low-slot, spin move, bing!

http://www.habsinsideout.com/main/21094

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Bombarded with questions about his blue line throughout the day, head coach Jacques Martin seemed more-than-pleased with his crop of offensive defensemen.

“We want to encourage our D to jump into the rush. Look around at other teams in the NHL and you see the value in sending in a defenseman as a fourth man on the attack,” noted the Habs’ new bench boss, referring to young standouts Yannick Weber and P.K. Subban looking to crack the Montreal roster.

I think Martin packed more substance into that one comment than Guy Carbonneau did in three years behind the bench. How refreshing to have a head coach who can say something other than, "Work harder" and "I don't know why we lost tonight." :) :)

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Unforunately a long ways from Montreal. From the fans that have been to the training camp is there any big surprises so far in camp?

I hope that someone like Subban or Patches or Gomez do things in training camp and pre-season to give the fans reason to believe. Of course a player not on the radar stealing a roster spot would also be impressive although this could also be scary as it could mean that a "roster" player has failed to live up to expectations.

I might have rose coloured glasses. But I think that Montreal can be top 4 in the East. Our defence should be a lot better this season. Our PP should be a lot better. And some young players will make a positive contribution to our team winning. The young players that could be a surprise like Subban or Patches to the slightly more experienced player like Price and A.Kostitsyn taking the next step to becoming a star player.

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