Headlines: Price, Trunev, Bergevin, Van Boxmeer, Development Camp

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All Habs Headlines: Wednesday May 23, 2012

On this day in hockey history…  1977 – Gordie Howe left the Houston Aeros, and along with sons Mark and Marty, joined the New England Whalers of the WHA.  

ALL HABS HEADLINES

Price on Twitter: P.K. Subban caused a stir on Tuesday afternoon when he announced via Twitter “Big announcement coming soon… All my #twitts and #subbaniacs stay tuned…”  With Subban due to become a restricted free agent on July 1st, many wondered if a new contract signing was imminent.

As we would learn a short time later, the “big announcement” was that Subban’s friend and teammate, Carey Price, had joined Twitter.  Price’s first public message referenced former teammate Hal Gill tweeting “skillzy drinks wine coolers.”  Shortly after Price took the opportunity to assure Canadiens fans that his recovery was complete.

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As for the speculation about Subban, his agent Don Meehan confirmed that there was no progress towards a new contract.  Meehan said that he had not yet spoken to Habs GM Marc Bergevin about Subban.

Trunev signs with Lokomotiv:  Canadiens prospect Maxim Trunev has signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. The talented winger was selected by the Habs 138th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry draft.  The signing was reported on the Lokomotiv website.

The 21-year-old Trunev has spent the past four season with Cherepovets Severstal of the KHL.  In 2011-12, he tallied four goals and six assists in 49 games.

(Stick tap to @AlexSerenRosso and @J_Habs )

Bergevin trolling in the goldfish bowl: Late last week while attending the 2012 Memorial Cup Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin took time to update the media about the progress of several files that he has been working on.

On Assistant GM Larry Carriere, Bergevin said that he has been very helpful so far and will continue on.  Bergevin indicated that he will likely add another AGM, widely speculated to be his mentor Rick Dudley, currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bergevin said that he wouldn’t shy away from choosing a Russian player in the upcoming draft.  “If you limit yourself to non-Russians, you’re not doing your job properly,” he said.

So does the same logic apply to limiting oneself to French speakers for the head coach position?  Apparently not.  It seems that Bergevin will exclude 95% of coaches (by Pierre Boivin’s calculation) focusing his search on candidates who can pass a TCF.  Sorry Randy.

Like father, like daughter?  John Van Boxmeer played 46 games for the Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadiens in 1975-76.  Like most hockey dads, the former NHL defenseman passed on his love of the game to his children.  Van Boxmeer’s son Hank played defense this past season for the Oswego State Lakers where he is a Business Administration student.

Van Boxmeer’s 27-year-old daughter, Ashley, will take her interest in hockey to a new reality series called the Bikini Hockey League.  Hockey will be of the inline variety, with two teams to start.

“Hockey will perk my ears up a little bit more than normal. I’ve always wanted to play and my dad never let me. I’m not a small girl. Hey, if she wants to drop the gloves, I’m not going to say no. Don’t start something you can’t finish.” — Ashley Van Boxmeer

Read more: Hockey taking new form with Bikini League

Habs take to the ice:  Players wearing CH-crested jerseys will return to Complexe Sportive Bell in Brossard for the first of two development camps from June 13 to 16.  This camp follows the Canadiens combine on June 12 where the Habs scouting staff will have a close look at draft-eligible players.  Fresh from Memorial Cup play, Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Alex Dubeau is expected to be in attendance. André Bouvet-Morissette who scored 39 goals for Drummondville Voltigeurs this past season also received an invitation.

A second Habs development camp for players selected in the June draft will be held in July.

Join us for the All Habs Draft Party: With the hiring of Marc Bergevin as the Canadiens new GM, Habs fans have already started to put last season behind them and are looking hopefully to the future.  The NHL Entry Draft will be the first opportunity to see the Bergevin-led management team in action, and with the Habs scheduled to pick 3rd overall, it will be a major event.

This year marks the 4th Annual All Habs Hockey Party for the NHL Entry Draft. RSVP’ing with All Habs gives you VIP access which includes prime seating, drink specials, and discounted prices on menu items at McLean’s Pub!

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