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Friday Habs Headlines: Laval Rocket ready for launch

In today’s links, all eyes are on the youngsters as the Habs open the “best rink in the AHL” for the Laval Rocket, while a former member of the old guard scores his first goal for his new club.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes:

  • Place Bell, the new home of the Laval Rocket, is officially open. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Individual game tickets for the Rocket go on sale September 4th. [Laval Rocket]
  • The owner is excited about having the farm team in his backyard. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Habs will honour Henri Richard with a painting at the entrance of Place Bell. [Dave Stubbs]
  • Jean Beliveau was born August 31, 1931. [HHoF]

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • Brynas IF, last year’s SHL runners-up, visited Auschwitz prior to their Champions League matchup with Cracovia Krakow. [Gefle Dagblad]
  • Mike Ribeiro has likely played his last NHL match. [La Presse]
  • Andrei Markov has his first goal as a member of Ak Bars Kazan, making it 6 points in 4 games. [KHL]
  • Reggie Traccitto of the Brampton Beast had an unexpected visitor while deep-sea fishing. [CBC]
  • Did Jonathan Bernier steal Mark Barberio’s number? [Mile High Hockey]
  • The Colorado Avalanche are in need of a culture change, but the problem lies in the press box, not the locker room. [Mile High Hockey]
  • A look at how the NHL has changed since the season ended in Nashville back in June, one division at at time. First up, the Metro. [On the Forecheck]