Shortly after the Montreal Canadiens selected Nathan Beaulieu, the defenceman promised fans he had plans to learn to speak French as soon as possible.
If Beaulieu can live up to his potential on the blue line, speaking French will be the least of concerns for Habs fans.
Although the St. John Sea Dogs’ defenseman was ranked ninth in Future Considerations’ final draft rankings, Beaulieu fell to the Canadiens at 17th overall and arguably was one of the steals of this year’s first round. Despite the wait, Beaulieu exclaimed that the elation in being selected by Montreal was a family affair.
“Growing up a French Canadian, [my father] is very excited, but not as much as me though,” Beaulieu said. “I’m very happy with where I ended up and I can’t say enough good things about this great organization.” Continue reading
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The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.
But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.
Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading
They say good news spreads fast.
Thursday morning Ian Schultz found that out.
Since being traded to the Montreal Canadiens from the St. Louis Blues along with Lars Eller in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak Thursday, the former Calgary Hitmen co-captain hasn’t been able to put down his phone.
Joking he must be one of the most popular people in Calgary since the trade was announced, the brother of Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz has received dozens upon dozens of texts and phone calls. Continue reading