Alex Galchenyuk looks at this three-day Montreal Canadiens development camp as a learning experience.

“I’m here just being the player I am — learning and training to become a better player.” said Galchenyuk following a morning dry-land session at Brossard, and before the 14 prospects took to the ice for a late-afternoon session at the Canadiens’ practice facility.

Galchenyuk will wear number 27 during development came — because it was a number that happened to be available.  Could we see number 27 on the ice when regular training camp breaks and the Canadiens are set to open the season?

“There are three months to go before training camp, it’s a long summer,” said Galchenyuk.  I’m just working day to day and I’ll see where it takes me.”

I asked Galchenyuk how his life has changed since the Canadiens made him their first-round pick earlier this month in Pittsburgh: He talked about the excitment of being part of the most historic team in the NHL. “I’m really proud of it,” he added.

“And I have more Twitter followers.”




About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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