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NHL-laden “Tournée des Joueurs” begins Thursday

Sep 25, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Max Talbot says he expects a sellout crowd on Thursday when he and fellow NHLers play in the inaugural game of “Le Tournée des Joueurs” — the player’s tour.

“It’s a way to keep in shape and raise some money for charity,” Talbot told the Montreal Gazette. “We hope to play twice a week on Thursday and Friday nights. We’ve had a lot of arenas around the province express interest in having games, and we’ll talk to the players and see what works best.”

The first game will take place at the Centre Multisports in Chageauguay, a suburb of Montreal. Players expected to participate in the contest include Talbot, Bruno Gervais, Brian Gionta, David Desharnais, Josh Gorges, Colby Armstrong, Simon Gagne, Kris Letang, Danny Briere, Alex Burrows, Marc-Andre Fleury, David Perron, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Mathieu Darche, Guillaume Latendresse and Steve Begin.

The tour will feature 20 minute periods and full five-on-five action, in an effort to simulate real games. The brainchild of Talbot and Gervais, the tour has received support from Joel Bouchard, an ex-NHLer that ran a similar “caravan” league during the 2004-05 work stoppage.

“Our format was a little different because we played 4-on-4, but we had 16 games over eight weeks and they were all sold out,” Bouchard told the Gazette. “I talked to Bruno and gave him some advice and wished them luck because he and Max are good guys who are involved in the community.”

  1. chrisvegas - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Awesome!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      It might be nice if one of the charities they help is sending a few bucks to the many arena staffers, nearby bistro staffers, etc. who are or soon will be wallet-wounded by the lockout.

  2. windmiller4 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Is there any way to watch these games online? Having a season of this would be great, and i wouldn’t have to worry about Bettman stepping in and ruining it by asking for money

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Any chance they could swing by the FSZ haha?

  4. phillyphannn83 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    for once, im jealous I don’t live in Canada. I’d love to get to go to one of these games.

  5. jersey77girl - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The suspense is killing me. Who’s going 2 be the goalie for the OTHER team?
    I can’t imagine there’s another goaltender who could possibly draw attention and match Marc-Andre’s skill to maintain a level playing field [all while affording to spend the season playing for charity], that hasn’t committed to playing overseas & happens to be hanging around Montreal somewhere.
    And if there did happen to be another highly skilled goaltender willing to partake in the events, but they aren’t a native francophone, would the others still let him play with them? I’ve come to realize for the people of Quebec, the ability to speak French takes significant precedence over actual skill or talent.

  6. jersey77girl - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    So when does the ‘East Coast Corrider’ league start up? [U know along the NY/PHL/DC areas]. Maybe some players can get Amtrak 2 sponser them between NY, PHL and DC. I hear there’s a new arena in Brooklyn looking for some hockey action.

    Apparently there’s enough fans within the 3 hour distance from NY to DC to support 5 NHL teams. [At least 2 of which have successfully profited from the sport]

  7. phillyphannn83 - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I’m all for it JerseyGirl!!! Lets do it in Atlantic City! Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have been back in the area since winning the cup, Bobby Ryan’s been back this off season too.. Maybe they could be of some assistance!!

    • jersey77girl - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      Don’t forget the unemployed NHL goalie living along Amtrak’s Acenla route:
      http://www.csnwashington.com/hockey-washington-capitals/capitals-talk/Johnson-happy-to-oblige-Caps?blockID=776921&feedID=6357

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