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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Keeping the Canadiens fit

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In today’s links, how Pierre Allard is keeping the team fit and healthy, disturbing allegations surface in Junior and minor hockey, and COVID-19 takes aim at the upcoming World Juniors.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers - Game One Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs are focusing on fitness and injury prevention as a compressed schedule looms next season. [Montreal Gazette | La Presse]
  • How is Canadiens Sports Science and Performance Director Pierre Allard handling exercise and fitness logistics during a pandemic, especially for house-bound athletes? [Radio-Canada | RDS]
  • The Canadiens have been talking to Quebec public health authorities for several weeks for permission to resume team activities. [La Presse]
  • Best trades in Habs history #2: The Big M comes to Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Laval Rocket forward Joseph Blandisi is raising money for Holiday Helpers Canada to provide low-income families in Canada with a personalized holiday package. [GoFundMe]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL is planning on a season start date of January 13. [The Athletic | Radio-Canada]
  • A lawsuit filed last month against the Pittsburgh Penguins by former minor-league assistant coach Jarrod Skalde accuses the then Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach of sexually assaulting his wife, and the Penguins of later firing him in retaliation for reporting the incident. [The Athletic | TSN (Warning: Explicit and graphic content)]
  • Affidavits filed in an Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Monday by a dozen former Canadian Hockey League players outline decades of systemic physical and sexual abuse. [TSN (Warning: Explicit and graphic content)]
  • Four Swedish players, Sweden head coach Tomas Monten, and two German players have tested positive for COVID-19. [Sportsnet]
  • Five players have been deemed “unfit to play” and have been released from Team Canada training camp. [Sportsnet]
  • The organizers of the World Juniors are not panicking in the light of bad COVID-19-related news around the world. [Sportsnet]
  • IIHF President Rene Fasel has also tested positive for COVID-19. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Julian McKenzie and Tristan D’Amours count down the top 30 sports media professionals under 30 in Canada. [The Scrum Podcast]