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Montreal Canadiens announce 2016 Training Camp dates

Canadiens, IceCaps, Beast, and Canadiennes prepare to launch their seasons

Calgary Flames v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The 2015-16 season is being launched this year with the World Cup of Hockey tournament starting this week, however the actual club activities are not too far off.

Here is everything that you need to know about the Montreal Canadiens and their affiliates as they start the season.


Thursday, September 15th in Brossard - Medicals and a 60-minute practice session


Budweiser Gardens, London, ONT

Players will return to Montreal in the evening hours of September 18th.

On-ice sessions will continue until the conclusion of the camp on September 21st.


As is tradition players will all first convene at their annual golf tournament to benefit the Montreal Canadiens’ Children’s Foundation on Tuesday, September 20 at Club de golf Laval-sur-le-Lac.

The main roster training camp starts on Thursday, September 22nd with physical evaluations and runs until Tuesday, October 11th.

  • Sunday, September 25th 1:00 P.M. Red vs. White Intrasquad scrimmage to raise money for the Canadian Tire BLEU BLANC BOUGE in Action program.
  • Saturday, October 1st: First Cuts

As per CBA section 13.2, the first player cuts from the NHL and loan to the AHL start on the 12th day prior to the start of the regular NHL season.

Expect the first wave of cuts to be significant. The IceCaps start their training camp on Oct. 2nd will need to ice a full team in time of their first pre-season game.

In the meantime the Montreal Canadiens play seven preseason games from September 26th to October 6th. (Full Pre-Season Calendar)

  • Season Starts: Wednesday, October 12th
  • Season Opener: Friday, October 14th vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • Home Opener: Tuesday, October 18th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins


Training Camp will run from October 2nd to October 10th, initially based out of Corner Brook and concluding in St. John’s. October 2nd is the first day that any players cut from the Canadiens on October 1st would clear waivers and be able to join the IceCaps, therefore there is logic in these dates.

Expect all AHL contracted players such as Jeremie Blain, Josiah Didier, and Markus Eisenschmid to start with the team from the beginning of camp.


St. John’s IceCaps vs. Toronto Marlies

  • Thursday, October 6th (7:30 p.m.), Stephenville Dome
  • Friday, October 7th (7:30 p.m.), Corner Brook Civic Centre
  • Sunday, October 9th (2:00 p.m.), Gander Community Centre

The IceCaps don’t have to send anyone to the ECHL before the start of the season as there is no roster limit in the AHL, but it is very likely that three to four players will end up there.

  • Season Starts: Wednesday, October 12th
  • Season opener: Friday, October 14th vs. Hartford Wolfpack
  • Home opener: Friday, October 28th vs. Rochester Americans


Training camp roster and schedule TBD. ECHL league rules allow for teams to begin their on-ice sessions on September 30th. Historically the Beast started in early October. Possible October 3rd to the 12th. A couple of preseason games are possible.

  • Season Starts: Friday, October 14th
  • Season opener: Saturday, October 15th vs. Wheeling Nailers
  • Home opener: Friday, October 21st vs. Toledo Walleye


  • Friday, September 9th (7:00 p.m.) vs. McGill University (McConnell Arena)
  • Friday, September 16th (7:00 p.m.) vs. University of Montreal (CEPSUM)
  • Friday, September 30th (7:30 p.m.) vs. Concordia University (Ed Meagher Arena)
  • Sunday, October 2nd (2:30 p.m.) vs. Quebec U18 (Etienne Desmarteau Arena)
  • Thursday, October 6th (7:00 p.m.) vs. University of Montreal (CEPSUM)

  • Season Starts: Saturday, October 15th
  • Season Opener: Saturday, October 15th vs. Brampton Thunder
  • Home Opener: Saturday, October 22nd vs. Toronto Furies