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Cole Caufield to fly to Vegas today

That’s it: the season begins.

In my opinion, it’s when the Habs hold their golf tournament that you really see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the start of the season. That’s when the field hockey beat starts again.

We know a lot of the guys have been in town for days, but now they have to be there. Several key members will be talking to the media for the first time in a while.

In short, the field hockey world is back in action.

I can’t wait to see who will be at the tournament. I’m not wondering about Nick Suzuki’s presence, for example, but about other guys. Will Carey Price be there, for example? Paul Byron, who we’ve seen around the club? Jeff Pet- ah pis laissez faire.

I imagine Casey DeSmith will be there. If not, it’ll be one to watch.

Another question is whether any young prospects will be on hand. Last year, those who hadn’t made the club weren’t there, and we can expect the same thing this year, since that’s the way it normally works.

It’s good to talk field hockey again.

Clearly, as this will be the second golf tournament under the new administration, there will be fewer issues to follow today. And one of the main reasons for that is that the captain is in place.

Last year, the appointment of Nick Suzuki was the topic of the day – and rightly so.

This year, we know he’ll be the captain and we also know that Brendan Gallagher, barring a huge surprise change, will have an “A” on his sweater. Perhaps the other assistant could be named? #DavidSavard #MikeMatheson #ColeCaufield

The RBC ad on the home jersey also caught our eye. This year, unless an overseas patch is announced, I don’t expect it to be an issue.

Will someone promise the playoffs this year? Maybe… but the man who did last year, Joel Edmundson, left for Washington two months ago.

In short, it may be a little quieter. Unless an executive says something big, of course.

The important thing to remember, though, is that Cole Caufield won’t be finishing the day at the golf tournament. He’ll be there like everyone else, he’ll play… but he’ll end his day on a plane.

And why is that? Because, as Renaud Lavoie said this morning on BPM Sports, the Canadiens’ #22 is off to Vegas. So he won’t be at dinner tonight after the CH tournament.

He’ll be representing the Habs at an event where the best players on the circuit are available to the media to answer questions and promote.

Renaud Lavoie will be on the same plane, covering the event.

In the past, it was often Nick Suzuki who represented the CH. That said, with his new contract and because he’s an American, it’s only natural that Caufield should get his turn.

The media will be out to get him.

In the meantime, we’ll be seeing him in Laval-sur-le-Lac this morning, and he’ll no doubt confirm that his shoulder is fine. That’s to be expected, given that he spent the summer on the golf course, but hearing him say it will do us good.

Because yes, whether it was with his friends, Jeff Daniels or Nick Suzuki, the marker enjoyed his summer.

In a gust

– He uses his body to paint? Wow.

– Matthew Bergeron enjoyed his first NFL game. [BPM Sports]

– Interesting.

– It begins.

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