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Habsent Minded Episode 2.51: Farm voices

Anthony Marcotte and Brian Rogers trade stories about the Montreal Canadiens farm teams.

On this episode of Habsent Minded, the voice of the Laval Rocket, Anthony Marcotte, and that of the St. John’s IceCaps, Brian Rogers, join host Andrew Zadarnowski for a podcast on the American Hockey League farm teams of the Montreal Canadiens, past and present.

The IceCaps only lasted a couple of seasons in Newfoundland, as a stopgap between Hamilton and Laval while the Place Bell was being built, but nonetheless the players that came through the province left an impact. Brian reminisces about some of his favourite players. Anthony and Brian had some players in common in their tenures with the farm team, with Brian seeing the promising beginnings of some, while Anthony saw the finals flickers of promise disappear, notably Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak. One light that continues to burn bright is that of Charles Hudon who gets nothing but rave reviews. The question of Sylvain Lefebvre came up, whether he should shoulder the blame for the lack of player development, and also the most important difference between him and Joël Bouchard.

With years of experience and stories to draw from, the group talked about what worked and what didn’t with the two teams, who stood out, who faded away, and the general atmosphere around the team.

And finally, as a bonus for listening, Anthony tells us which player was going to be signed to an NHL contract and called up to the Canadiens from the Rocket just before the sports world stopped in March, causing him to lose that opportunity.