Samuel Montembeault named player of the game for Canada in their quarter-final win over Finland at the worlds. His tournament stats so far: 5 GP, 118 shots against, six goals allowed, .949 save percentage.
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 25, 2023
That’s really excellent.
In fact, Monty is one of the reasons behind Team Canada’s success so far in the tournament.
With yesterday’s win over Finland, Canada qualified for the semi-finals… And when you look at the statistics in the above tweet, you can see just how important a cog the Quebecer is in the team’s progress.
Bruno Gervais (on 98.5 FM) and Eric Engels (BPM Sports) have both stated that, right now, Montembeault is Canada’s best player since the start of the competition.
And they’re right.
Eric Engels has watched all of Canada’s games at the World Championships and is very encouraged by Samuel Montembeault’s performances.🔵⚪️🔴
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) May 25, 2023
I really, really like Eric Engels’ point when he talks about Samuel’s development.
Because, it’s so true that he’s been good this year from the perspective that he didn’t necessarily have a lot of pressure on his shoulders. After all, we knew from day one that the Habs weren’t going anywhere in 22-23, and with the club quickly eliminated from playoff contention, the pressure to perform wasn’t always there.
You don’t always get the chance to defend your country’s colors. When the opportunity arises, even though the competition may not be as great as an NHL playoff game… It’s still great field hockey, because the guys give it their all on the ice.
Yes, it’s very interesting to see Montembeault dominate like that at the World Championship, even if Canada hasn’t had a relatively difficult run so far.
And he’s reminding everyone that he wants a real chance to make his mark as number one in the National League.
And he’s doing it wonderfully.
– A rather special legacy.
– Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) May 26, 2023
– His background is a bit unique.
Bill Zito’s days as a bat boy for the Milwaukee Brewers, studying law at Yale and being a player agent all contributed to his success as a GM.
“My whole background was pretty unique.”
And now, the Panthers are preparing to play in the Stanley Cup Final.https://t.co/l8dO1Rc00N
– The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 26, 2023
– The tattoo doesn’t seem to be real, unfortunately.
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 26, 2023