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Report: NHLers to play in Quebec “caravan” league, starting next week

Sep 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

Marc Andre Fleury AP

A hockey tour organized by Flyers forward Maxime Talbot and defenseman Bruno Gervais will begin play on Thursday, Sept. 27, according to a report from RDS.

The first contest will be held in Chateauguay, a suburb of Montreal, and will feature a number of Francophone NHL players: Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang, Montreal’s David Desharnais and Mathieu Darche and St. Louis’ David Perron.

RDS’s Renaud P Lavoie reports San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Vancouver’s Alex Burrows, Columbus’ Derick Brassard and Los Angeles’ Simon Gagne will also be on hand.

The games are scheduled to take place on a weekly basis and the cost of tickets will be $20.

RDS reports that all proceeds will go to charity.

The so-called “caravan” league is a spinoff of an idea hatched by ex-NHLer Joel Bouchard during the last lockout.

He created the McDonald’s Caravan, a 16-weekend tour of four-on-four hockey that featured the likes of Jose Theodore, Simon Gagne, J.S. Giguere, Yanic Perreault and Alexandre Daigle. The league toured throughout Quebec and all proceeds went to charity, leaving a lasting legacy on a number of French-Canadian players.

One such player is Daniel Briere — a Flyers teammate of Talbot and Gervais — who told CSN Philadelphia he heard only good things about the traveling troupe.

“They traveled and called it the caravan and they traveled all over Quebec with different games every weekend,” Briere said. “I didn’t get to participate in that because I was in Switzerland, but it was a lot of fun from what I heard.”

  1. mclovinhockey - Sep 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    …. Screw the NHL, thank god I live in Montreal!!! Good work talbot!! I’ll wear your jersey to the games!! Go flyers who divided into the caravan league!

  2. rpiotr01 - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Odds of taking sabbatical from work to follow caravan league around quebec… rising…

  3. capsfan19 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Those french canadians at it again! Using hockey as a ruse to topple their english speaking overlords!! Oui?

  4. id4joey - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    mc, you’re really going to pay to see these guys play? They all could carry raw eggs in their cups for the whole game without breaking any of them. Yoohoo! Why don’t you spend you’re money seeing other games. Like you said, you live in Montreal after all. You do have many choices unlike fans in say Florida, Tampa, L.A. and Orange County, CA.

    • mclovinhockey - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      there are other things we could watch, the Q is an amazing league, but watching kids and adults is different. Plus in this league it seems like its going to be just a bunch of guys screwing around like at a practice, and when people are scrimagging its usually when they play the best cause they are just having fun. Not to mention, maybe Giroux would consider this since some of his best friends are in it or considering joining.

  5. kodyknight2821 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    That’s awesome! …… But how do we watch?

  6. blomfeld - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    This weak “lame” French rearguard action will do nothing to change things. The season “will” commence by the US Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. And when it does, don’t say that you didn’t hear that first from your friend Blomfeld ! :)

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