As there is no professional hockey to attend live in Montreal at the moment (still have my fingers crossed that an agreement will be reached) the interest in seeing the Habs’ farm team is elevated. A reported 14,000 tickets have already been sold for the game against the Syracuse Crunch (farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning). That is probably the most that have been sold for a Hamilton game in Montreal. Part of the interest is due to lack of hockey, but I’m sure a big attraction will also be seeing Bournival, Gallagher, Tinordi, Beaulieu, and Ellis.
Montrealers are going to get a chance to see how the touted draft picks by Trevor Timmons are progressing. Jarred Tinordi is the towering 6’6” son of former NHLer Mark Tinordi. He was the captain of the OHL London Knights who went on to win the OHL and went to the Memorial Cup where he was named to the all-star team. Jarred also played for the U.S. Junior National team. He is known for his physical style, but also has some offensive upside. Nathan Beaulieu is also another defenseman who Canadiens’ fans have been itching to see. He was part of the Saint John Sea Dogs’ back-to-back QMJHL titles plus the 2011 Memorial Cup and also was part of Canada’s WJC bronze medal team last year. Nathan is an offensive defenseman who has been working hard on his coverage in the defensive zone. Brendan Gallagher can only be described as a firecracker of a player. He is small in stature (5’9”), but is fearless going to the front of the net and into the corners. Was a high scorer in the WHL for the Vancouver Giants and was a teammate of Nathan Beaulieu’s on the Canadian WJC bronze medal team of last year. Finally, there is defenseman Morgan Ellis. Ellis was an important part of the Shawinigan Cataractes team that upset the London Knights in the Memorial Cup last season. Is a solid defender with good offensive talent.
The Bulldogs’ opposition will be the Syracuse Crunch. Despite the location and name change the Crunch is basically the team that won the AHL Calder Cup last season. They have 16 players from that team on their roster this season. There are a handful of players who should be familiar faces to avid fans of the sport. Czech native Ondrej Palat had a successful career in the QMJHL with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and won a gold medal at the World Championships in 2007-08. Winger J.T. Wyman played with the Bulldogs for four seasons. Brett Connolly was selected 6th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 draft. He was on the Canadian WJC teams in 2011 (silver) and 2012 (bronze). Last year he played for the Lightning before and after the WJC. Philip-Michael Devos played in the QMJHL for the Gatineau Olympiques where he was the top scorer in the league in 2010-11. Undrafted he is trying to make an impression on Tampa Bay.
A couple of nights ago the Crunch beat the Bulldogs 3-0 in a game in which they dominated in every way. Let’s hope that the atmosphere at the Bell Centre will help them elevate their game.
-Date: November 9, 2012
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $15.50, $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $69.50 (plus handling charges)
-Game Time: 7:30 p.m.