Nobody can say Claude Julien eased rookie goaltender Cayden Primeau into the NHL.
Primeau, who was a seventh-round draft choice in 2107 (199th overall), drew a tough assignment. With Julien deciding to go with Carey Price in an Eastern Conference game against the Rangers in New York Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN), Primeau faced the Colorado Avalanche, who boast the No. 1 offence in the NHL. Full recap here.
After leaving Greenfield Park at 17, Scott MacKenzie was back in town for the holidays when he saw something he found unsettling.
Driving through the South Shore community in the late 1990s, he noticed François Lamarre, a well-known hockey coach in the area and Montreal police officer, hanging around a handful of young boys near a sports store on Churchill Ave. Full story here.
It will be at least two more years before riders can pay their bus or métro fares with a credit card in Montreal, despite the purchase of new card readers that can process those payments. Full story here.
Adrien Ali Taïga really likes Montreal — and that’s a good thing for Montreal. The 25-year-old student moved to the city in 2016, drawn in part by the reputation of his fellow Frenchman Yoshua Bengio, the scientific director of Montreal’s Mila, the world-renowned AI and deep learning research centre.
Now a Mila student himself, Ali Taïga is 18 months from earning his PhD in reinforcement learning. The degree, he says with a certain embarrassment, will likely earn him a job with a six-figure salary. He’d hoped that job would be in his adopted city. Full story here.
The Montreal Impact will play their 2020 Major League Soccer home opener at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m., against the New England Revolution, the team announced on Thursday.
It marks the first time in the club’s MLS history that it will open the season at home. Full story here.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital has become the first centre in Quebec to use medical hypnosis on children to ease their pain and anxiety before certain procedures, like installing an intravenous line through the arm and into the heart or taking a biopsy. Full story here.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. I was a child when it happened, and remember thinking it was unfair that women were killed by virtue of their gender.
Why someone might do that was beyond my understanding, but then, it is not something that any child should have to try to understand. Certainly, I did not realize how pervasive violence is against women in society. Full column here.
Drivers who need to use Highway 15 near downtown Montreal will be out of luck this weekend. Full report here.