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TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA.
Under the terms of the joint program, Kassian will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.
Kassian's care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.
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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens’ quiet preseason, one that offered little in the way of controversy, exploded on Twitter early Sunday morning following a pre-dawn crash that saw a truck drive into a tree on Clanranald Ave., near the corner of Côte-St-Luc Rd.
An unidentified 20-year-old woman was driving the truck and an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were passengers in the vehicle in the crash that occurred around 6 a.m., according to Montreal police. A relatively minor accident, with the male passenger taken to the Montreal General with injuries that are apparently minor.
It’s the kind of thing happens every day and doesn’t rate even a paragraph in the newspaper, except the man was one Zack Adam Kassian, winger for the Montreal Canadiens, the one who arrived in Montreal from the Vancouver Canucks with a couple of heavy pieces of baggage, one labelled “party animal” and the other marked “lazy underachiever.”
We can now put a check next to box No. 1. Box No. 2 remains to be seen, although Kassian’s work ethic didn’t wow anyone during camp.
The general good news is no one was seriously hurt. The good news for Kassian is he wasn’t driving and he isn’t facing DUI charges. But when you come to town with a reputation, your behaviour is going to be scrutinized. And when you’re involved in something like this before the season starts, the level of scrutiny will be off the charts.
via the Montreal Gazette,
Three people have non-life-threatening injuries after a pickup truck crashed into a tree in the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough of Montreal Sunday morning.
A 20-year old woman was driving the truck, and a 24-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were passengers in the vehicle, said Montreal police spokesperson Manuel Couture.
A witness to the scene said the 24-year-old man is Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian.
“He was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident on Clanranald Ave. where the accident took place. He described the man as a big guy, who he thought looked familiar.
“He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall,” Petrenko told the Montreal Gazette.
The witness says the man was brought into the lobby of his residential building. He was asked by paramedics if he knew where he was, to which he replied “Quebec,” said Petrenko.
When asked his name, Petrenko said the man responded “Zack Kassian.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A sellout crowd of 18,259 sampled the good Monday night at the brand new Videotron Center, the spectacular building hosting its first NHL game, a 4-1 win for the Montreal Canadiens over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"Nice atmosphere, beautiful arena, that was a lot of fun," said Canadiens center David Desharnais, who grew up in the area.
"We were the No. 3 team for the fans here tonight after the Nordiques and Canadiens," joked Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a native of Sorel, Quebec. "But that was a fun atmosphere."
The timing for this game could not have been more perfect. When the prospective Quebec ownership group delivers its expansion presentation to the executive committee of the NHL's Board of Governors in New York on Tuesday, it will include video evidence of what transpired when the Penguins and Canadiens gave life to a pristine infrastructure.
The message to other NHL owners should be obvious: the building is open, there's a deep-pocketed owner in place, and the fans are frothing at the mouth.
"It would be fun, for sure," Fleury said of NHL hockey returning here. "You saw the fans tonight. It was a preseason game and the fans were into it. I hope for Quebec it happens."
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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Not terribly wrong, you understand. Not “OMG-what-were-they-thinking-they’re-completely-nuts” bad.
You have to respect the players’ choice, but they got it just a little bit wrong. Like when you could have bought Apple stock and you went for Bell instead.
Max Pacioretty will make a fine captain. He won’t embarrass the organization. He’ll play hard, as he always does.
But he won’t be P.K. Subban. As an individual and as a player, on and off the ice, Subban is larger than life. Where Pacioretty is a life-size player, Pernell Karl is the giant blow-up version. If one Alex Ovechkin weren’t still playing, Subban might be the most electric player in the National Hockey League.
Subban also ruffles feathers. Perhaps in his own locker room, certain with the league Neanderthals who occasionally stray near a microphone — people like Don Cherry, Doug Gilmour and P.J. Stock.
Not everyone loves P.K., but in his relatively short time with the organization he has gone from being the most reviled player wearing the CH to one of the most popular.
Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher will serve as assistant captains.
MONTRÉAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that forward Max Pacioretty has been named the 29th captain in franchise history, following a vote by the players. Pacioretty is preparing for his eigth NHL season with the Canadiens in 2015-16.
Max Pacioretty, 26, is a product of the Canadiens organization, which selected him in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. During his first two seasons at the professional level, Pacioretty spent time with both the Canadiens and the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
P.K. Subban cites his love for Montreal, and his promise to give back to those that have given him so much to him, as reasons for making what the hospital is calling, “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Montreal Gazette,
All is quiet on the contract front for Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec.
Plekanec said his agent, Rick Curran, has not had any discussions with the Canadiens about an extension. His deal is up after this season.
The 32-year-old said it wasn't his call and that he liked playing in Montreal.
"I'm not going to ask them if they want me," Plekanec said jokingly. "If they want me, they would call, I guess.
"Should I call and ask, 'Do you want me here?' I have a phone number. I think it's up to (general manager Marc Bergevin). If he wants me, I'm sure he'll call the agent and start talking."
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