Montreal Canadiens prospects Juraj Slafkovsky and Filip Mesar aren’t wasting any time immersing themselves in the Montreal community and Canadiens organization.
The Montreal Canadiens prospects haven’t missed an opportunity to be seen in public with fellow members of the Canadiens, most recently joining Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson for a friendly game of puck. On Tuesday evening, the two young forwards lined up against Suzuki and Anderson in the Living Sisu Hockey League, a summer pro league based out of Mont-Royal. Despite being a friendly game, Juraj Slafkovsky impressed with his soft hands and dazzling dekes; continuing to show the Canadiens faithful how unique a player he can be, even in a scrimmage setting. Filip Mesar was also very noticeable due to his speed and deceptively good playmaking ability. This final scrimmage capped off a summer of league activity for the LSHL, where the league was able to raise an impressive $5,526 for Pancreatic Cancer Canada.
Slafkovský dal síce krásny gól, ale zápas mu až tak nevyšiel.
Aj s Mešárom krásne vpredu kombinovali, ale nepadalo im to, brankár súpera pevne držal.
Dali málo gólov a veľa inkasovali práve, keď boli oni na ľade.
Ale ináč funny turnaj plný hviezd.pic.twitter.com/cJeiRoMeMD
— Samuel Grega (@samuel_grega) August 24, 2022
Earlier this week, Slafkovsky and Mesar were also seen attending a WWE event at the Bell Centre with fellow prospects Arber Xhekaj and Kaiden Guhle, and again this past weekend while at the CF Montreal game at Saputo Stadium. With the Canadiens seemingly far more involved in community events this summer, it was interesting to see the younger players like Slafkovsky and Mesar immediately land and immerse themselves within the city’s cultural fabric. Their involvement and presence are a welcome sight for Canadiens fans as a whole and it shows a desire to want to integrate within the greater sporting culture of Montreal. Shades of when the Canadiens and Expos players used to routinely attend each other’s games and cheer on their sporting counterparts in unison with the fans.
Kaiden Guhle, Juraj Slafkovsky, Filip Mesar et Arber Xhekaj passent l'été comme des Montréalais! 🏒⚽️⁰⁰Kaiden Guhle, Juraj Slafkovsky, Filip Mesar and Arber Xhekaj are summering like Montrealers!#GoHabsGo #CFMTL pic.twitter.com/dhBgxckhMJ
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 21, 2022
With the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp set to start in a couple of weeks, the two young Slovaks will continue to work hard to prepare for camp in an attempt to impress the Habs’ management team. However, one could easily see that they’ve already won the admiration and respect of Canadiens fans this summer with their energy and desire to immerse themselves within the city’s rich cultural initiatives.