Now that August is here, there is only about a month left before training camps open in the NHL. Until then, however, there will be the resumption of the WJC 2022 (which starts next week) and the rookie camps that will begin.
And while many regular NHL players take well-deserved vacations, many also carve out time to play in summer leagues in an effort to keep their hands full.
For CH, for example, this is the case of Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson. Two CH strikers are currently playing in the LSHL3-on-3 summer hockey league held Hockey and so oncomplex located in the Mont-Royal district of Montreal.
When the two said they want to spend a good part of their summer in Montreal, that’s another good confirmation.
Suzuki and Anderson switch to The Crystalline Teamformation in which we also find Laurent Dauphin, Alexandre Carrier, Mathieu Perreault (who has not yet played, he said), Samuel Asselin, Michael Chaput and Alexandre Fortin.
And in front of the team net, we find another former member of the CH organization: Michael McNiven.
If you want an idea of what the meetings look like, here are the matches where two CH attackers were present:
While Anderson and Suzuki are doing well overall, their team is still 0-3 at the time of this writing. Obviously, that puts them last in the league.
That said, their record can also be justified when you look at the array of talent that participates in this league. Almost all the best Quebec players in the NHL are there, be it Jonathan Huberdeau, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kris Letang or Anthony Mantha. And so on.
Currently, Nicolas Deslauriers and Daniel Sprong are the league’s top scorers. In terms of points per game, however, Charles Hudon is at the top with 13 points in just two games.
In goal, there are also people like Devon Levi, Louis Domingue and Zachary Fucale. Well, there is a good list of players participating in the league.
Note also that the women’s section was held earlier this summer. Marie-Philip Poulin took part in it, along with Mélodie Daoust, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Lauriane Rougeau, Ève Gascon and Ann-Renée Desbiens, to name just a few.
Obviously, everyone is there to have fun and the atmosphere is relaxed, although there is still a bit of a competitive spirit in the air. That said, if you want to attend the meetings, tickets are only $5 and all proceeds go to pancreatic cancer research.
Athletes have fun, fans get to see top athletes play, and it all raises money for a good cause. Sounds like a win-win-win to me.