MONTREAL – It's been almost five years since Josh Gorges had the last Canadiens paint, but it will change next week.
A 34-year-old former defender is one of seven Habsburgs participating in the fifth annual Montreal Canadiens Fantasy Camp, which begins on Thursday, March 21, and runs until Saturday, March 23.
Joining Gorges for the overwhelming experience of fans will be Hall of Famers Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer, together with Gaston Gingras, Sergi Momess, Guy Carbonneau and Stephan Quintal.
Ice hockey at Bell Center for training and play Red vs. White will be special for clan. They called the house for seven and five seasons before closing off their 13-year career as a member of Buffalo Sabers.
"Even when I came back to playing with Buffalo, I always looked into the beams and checked things, checked all the transparencies and remembered all the memories and how it was, it's funny because in any other building I've never played this either. and focused on what is ahead of me, "Gorges said, who announced his retirement just two months ago. "But there was always something about returning to Montreal." "You always took a moment, looked around, and I'm excited to get back to the same ice."
He is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to return CH again, of course. The jury today means just as he was patrolling Habs' line and sacrificing his shield.
"I never thought I would have the chance to do this," said Gorges, who proudly wore No. 26 during his stay at the club. "I think it's better [Jeff] Watch the call and see if it's ok if I carry the number again. "
We are confident that Petry will be well off with this, and we know that Gorges will be curious for him and the rest of Canadien for a couple of games during his stay.
That is something else that Kelowna, BC native, rounded up on his calendar, since he had never enjoyed the experience of the Bell Center from the stand.
"I never went to Bell Center and watched the game as a fan. If I went there and experienced it without any worries, worries or thoughts, I would just enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy the games." mentioned Gorges, who will compete against the New Yorkers and Sabli. "I'll be able to watch some of my old friends in both teams so it will be fun."
As well as reconnecting with some famous faces around the building, with good friends Carey Price. Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher, among others.
"When I came back to playing games, I always liked to talk to all the security guys who helped us, to the people who were in the living room of women and everyone with whom you became so familiar." They were so good that over the years, "Gorges praised "I'm excited to be able to come back and see them, the people I've ever encountered on a daily basis. I'm sure I'll see a few more people in the game. "
What's most important, however, Gorges is delighted with the interaction of 30 cams whose passion for the most prestigious franchise of the League is simply amazing.
"I'm sure there will be some really great fans, some guys who are really excited about the game," Gorges said. "It does not matter how old you are, if you are a hockey fan, you are a hockey fan, just to be able to tell a few stories here and there, see how their eyes are illuminated, fun to see how excited they are."
Undoubtedly, the Gorges will eventually leave their former Hockey Home with the photos that marked that experience, and some of them might find a way to its basement walls in the Okanagan Valley.
"I've got all the pictures from Montreal hanging down. When we look at hockey, we just look at the games at Canadiens," explained Gorges, whose wife Maggie and younger sons Noah and Jayden will not follow. in Quebec. "Of course boys are close to Shea and Carey, and Brendan knows it well. When they watch the games, they're always" Uncle Shea "and" Uncle Carey. "Brenda is not really an uncle, he's a brother, try to tell them -" Dad usually plays with these guys. "They're like -" No, no, you played in Buffalo. "I'm like …" No, no, and I played there. "Their pictures and still do not understand them, so I hope in a couple of years I can really explain what is happening there.
A few more Habs videos would surely help in that department …
To learn more about the Montreal Canadiens Fantasy Camp for 2019. click here.