THE CANADIENS OPEN PRACTICE
Canadiens players and coaches gave 21,000 Habs fans reason to smile and cheer during the team’s public practice at the Bell Centre on January 8 – an event that put hockey skills and fun on full display.
The afternoon got under way with a hockey clinic, led by former Habs defenseman Gaston Gingras. The clinic starred players from four minor hockey teams who were taught some nifty hockey skills. Three members of the current Canadiens squad also took part in the exercise, offering tips and suggestions, including how best to find the net when taking part in a shootout.
Following the clinic, the 2005-06 Canadiens were introduced to the fans. The players were split up into four groups before participating in various drills, which featured the art of winning face-offs and how to improve puck-control and stick-handling.
As a bonus treat, the players concluded the special event by tossing various souvenirs into the crowd. Fans went home with a variety of items, including toques and pucks, not to mention an unforgettable memory of some excellent hockey and lots of fun.
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