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Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield takes part in team’s development camp at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on June 26, 2019.
Marie-Philip Poulin plays in the Legends Classic game at Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 17, 2019, in Toronto.
It has been a while since we checked in on Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield and we’re happy to report that the University of Wisconsin freshman is doing fine, although the Badgers have dropped in the U.S. college rankings. After reaching a high of No. 4 this season, Wisconsin is No. 16 with a 6-6 record.
Wisconsin has had a difficult schedule. When they face Minnesota in a pair of games this weekend, it will mark the first time this season they will play a team that isn’t ranked in the top 15. Last week, they split with No. 3 Notre Dame and handed the Irish their first loss of the season.
Caufield, who’s hoping this is his first and last season at Wisconsin, has nine goals and six assists in 12 games and is tied with Alex Turcotte for the team scoring lead.
Turcotte, who was the fifth overall choice by the Los Angeles Kings in June’s draft, has a Montreal connection. His grandfather Réal left East Angus during the 1960s to play at Michigan State and his father, Réal Jean (Alfie) Turcotte was the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (No. 17 overall) in 1983 and played with the Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals.
Defenceman Jordan Harris, who was a Canadiens third-round draft choice in 2018, has three goals and seven assists with No. 13 Northeastern, while late-bloomer Brett Stapley is one of the top scorers at No. 4 Denver. The Canadiens took a chance on Stapley after he put up strong numbers in the Tier 2 B.C. Hockey League, selecting him in the seventh round in 2018. He had five goals and 14 assists in his freshman season at Denver and he has started his second campaign with three goals and six assists in 11 games.
The fight continues: Fighting may be on the way out in the NHL, but November is time for the annual Hockey Fights Cancer effort. The program, which began in 1998 as a joint undertaking by the NHL sand the NHL Players’ Association, has raised more than $25 million for cancer research and related charities.
The Canadiens have partnered with Leucan, an organization that provides support for youngsters battling cancer and their families. The team has invited 60 youngsters to attend Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers. They will be hosted at a pregame reception organized by the players’ wives and girlfriends, and they will watch the game from suites donated by corporate sponsors. A dozen youngsters will join the teams on the ice for the national anthems. After the game, the youngsters will meet the players and Youppi!
Eleven players have been growing moustaches as part of the Movember movement to increase awareness of men’s health issues — prostate and testicular cancer, depression and suicide. Fans wishing to support that effort can find more information and www.movember.com/canadiens.
Women hit the ice: The collapse of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League poses a problem for elite players trying to stay in shape for international competitions such as the Olympics and the world championship.
Hockey Canada is doing its part by staging a series of seven mini-camps across the country and by expanding the Rivalry Series against the United States from three games to five.
Montreal will be the site of a mini-camp next week. Olympic veterans Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau, Emerance Maschmeyer and Mélodie Daoust will be among the 30 players who will gather at the Université de Montréal CEPSUM for a four-day camp beginning Monday. In addition to practices, the women will play two games against the men’s team from CEGEP André-Laurendeau Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the game as well as all practice sessions.
The five-game Rivalry Series kicks off in Hartford on Dec. 14, with the second game scheduled for Moncton on Dec. 17.
The top female players from Canada and the U.S. are also competing in a series of showcase tournaments organized by the Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association. The group has held events in Toronto, New Hampshire and Chicago, and has another event scheduled for January in Toronto with 120 players scheduled to compete. The group is reportedly trying to nail down an event in Montreal, but the details are sketchy.
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