User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Canadiens' Gorges holds outdoor game

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MONTREAL (AP) - With the NHL lockout grinding through its fourth month, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges looked to an unusual source to find his next hockey game: Twitter.

Advertisement
The 28-year-old Gorges extended an open invitation to his followers on the social network to join him at a Montreal rink Wednesday afternoon, during the Boxing Day holiday.

Fans responded in droves.

The scene didn't look much different from those playing out at countless parks and ponds across the country - except for the high turnout.

Dozens of players, ranging widely in age and skill level, packed into a rink in the city's Verdun neighborhood for a chance to skate alongside an NHL player.

``I haven't played outdoors in a long time, but I figured we've got some time and I've got nothing else to do,'' Gorges told reporters during a break from the game. ``I was just looking to skate outdoors and I threw it out there on Twitter and so many people were asking where I'd go play. So I thought, `Why not set a time and place and we'll all come and play?'''

In recent days, Gorges had been joking about the upcoming game in messages sent out to his 23,000-plus followers on Twitter. A few hours before the game, he mused that he may be a little slower than usual on the ice after having Christmas dinner the night before.

``I'm a big fan,'' said Jason Joly, a 9-year-old dressed up in gloves, hat and a Canadiens jersey. ``I can't wait to play with him.''

The event comes two days after the NHL lockout reached its 100th day. One fan who joined Gorges on the ice said he appreciated his effort to reach out to fans after months of frustration.

``I really respect what he did for the fans and I know he cares about his relationship with the community,'' said David Stein, 19. ``I got to basically live out a dream here playing with one of my favorite players on the Montreal Canadiens. It was really a special day.''

Amar Boudjerida, a 25-year-old who suited up to play goalie, headed to the rink not knowing about Gorges' invitation - and ended up having a lot more company than expected.

Boudjerida said he also appreciated the gesture, but remains disgruntled over the dispute between NHL players and owners.

``I think it's pretty insulting for the fans that they're in a lockout based on how to spend our money, bottom line,'' he said.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Habs to have four alternate captains
Ovechkin: Right knee 'doesn't bother me'
Blue Jackets sign top pick Milano
NHL rules changes crack down on diving
Wild sign RW Niederreiter to 3-year deal
HBO ices show leading to Winter Classic
DC's Nationals Park to host Winter Classic
Saku Koivu retires after 18 NHL seasons
Ducks extend Boudreau's deal thru 2017
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2196
Bruce Marshall + 1208
Joe Williams + 62
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1956
Bill Marzano + 603
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 900
Tony Stoffo + 553
Bill Marzano + 341
Yesterday's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Yesterday  
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2026
Joe Williams + 1559
Bill Marzano + 989
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest