Marie-Philip Poulin needed a little time to find her place among the ten coaches on the Bell Sports Complex ice rink during the Montreal Canadiens development camp.
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Mainly present as an observer, Poulin finally gave some advice to the hopefuls of the Habs during the camp, which took place from Sunday to Wednesday. But she said she mostly acted like a sponge in her first official on-ice activity as a player development consultant.
“I learned a lot about the players I’m going to watch this year,” Poulin said Wednesday. I will see what they have learned this week and what they will come up with in their practices and games this season. »
Poulin said she was impressed with the Canadiens’ first choice in the most recent draft, Juraj Slafkovsky. Defenseman Lane Hutson, selected late in the second round on Friday, also caught his eye thanks to his mobility and agility.
The three-time Olympic gold medalist will work part-time for the Habs until the end of her career. She noted how an experience like the one she had this week will also be beneficial for her as a player, as she also had the opportunity to discover the drills taught by the director of hockey development, Adam Nicholas.
“He really impressed me by teaching things that you don’t necessarily see at parties, but that make a difference,” she said.
” Yesterday afternoon [mardi], I was skating by myself and wanted to practice the skills I saw this week. It allowed me to see hockey in a different way and it can bring me back as a player,” she continued.
The Canadiens’ development camp ended Wednesday after a four-on-four, then three-on-three intrasquad game. The Whites of Hutson, Filip Mesar and Emil Heineman defeated the Reds of Slafkovsky, Sean Farrell and Joshua Roy 7-4.
Two women’s teams in Montreal?
Poulin was asked to comment on the announcement of the arrival of a Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) team in Montreal for the 2022-2023 season.
This circuit is not associated with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), which was formed shortly after the dissolution of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and which aims to create a viable women’s hockey league. long-term.
Poulin, who is part of the PWHPA, played it safe in his remarks.
“It shows that there is support for women’s hockey, to offer more opportunities after university hockey,” said Poulin. But hopefully we’ll all be in the same boat eventually.
“We are pushing for the same thing, but with a different vision,” she added.
Poulin noted that the PWHPA hopes to be able to announce its plans soon, but “great things smoke time,” she recalled.
She added that she does not believe that the arrival of a PHF team in Montreal undermines the chances of establishing a franchise of the eventual circuit supported by the PWHPA in the metropolis.