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Montreal Canadiens to send Kaiden Guhle and Gianni Fairbrother back to WHL

The two played for the Laval Rocket while they waited for their junior teams to start.

Shanna Martin

The Montreal Canadiens announced that defencemen Kaiden Guhle and Gianni Fairbrother would be sent back to their Western Hockey League teams on Friday.

Both played in the Laval Rocket’s last two games. Fairbrother played an additional game, as Guhle was coming back from an injury. Fairbrother had an assist and was +2 in three games, while Guhle was pointless and even.

Guhle will be available to play for the Rocket tonight before he goes back to the Prince Albert Raiders, where he was named captain for the upcoming season. He was the team’s first round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Fairbrother will return to the Everett Silvertips for his fourth and final season. He has to sign a contract this year with the Canadiens or the team will lose their rights and he will be eligible to re-enter the 2021 NHL Draft. Fairbrother was selected in the third round by the Canadiens (77th overall) at the 2019 NHL Draft.