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A couple of the younger Canadiens, Victor Mete, 22, and Nick Suzuki, 20, participated in an NHL-endorsed tournament featuring the EA Sports NHL 20 game, but lost to the St. Louis Blues pair of Colton Parayko, 27, and Robert Thomas, 21.
As for Fortnite, NHL.com informs us that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman is hosting a four-day Fortnite camp this week for youngsters whose normal summer camp experience has been wiped out by the virus.
COVID-19 has also affected the normal NHL training-camp experience for players.
“In normal times, you might hang out with the guys after practice, have something to eat,” Gallagher said. “Now, we come in, do our thing, grab a bag lunch and go home.”
All indications are that the Canadiens are behaving themselves before moving into a bubble in Toronto on Sunday. The players are tested every second day and the only positive tests — for Brett Kulak and Xavier Ouellet — were recorded before camp opened. Both players emerged from quarantine this week and have rejoined their teammates.
“There’s a whole lot of nothing going on,” defenceman Noah Juulsen said. “We get in and get out, we go home and get our rest and come back the next day.”
Most of the players said they are watching Netflix or old hockey games on TV to help pass the time. Jeff Petry said he enjoys watching documentaries and rookie goaltender Cayden Primeau noted that, while he’s a young guy at 20, he’s not into video games and enjoys reading books.