Photos: Getting ready for the NHL season

 

Players get ready for the start for the start of the lock-out shortened NHL season at fan-friendly practices and scrimmages.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Montreal Canadiens fans, (from the left) Maxim Geoffroy, Kevin Lalumi&#232;re and C&#233;dric Dub&#233; line up with others in the cold outside the Bell Centre Thursday, January 17, prior to the team's intra-squad game later that night. The NHL season for the Canadiens will begin Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.</div>
 

Montreal Canadiens fans, (from the left) Maxim Geoffroy, Kevin Lalumière and Cédric Dubé line up with others in the cold outside the Bell Centre Thursday, January 17, prior to the team's intra-squad game later that night. The NHL season for the Canadiens will begin Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Photograph by: John Kenney, THE GAZETTE

 
<div id="page1">Montreal Canadiens fans, (from the left) Maxim Geoffroy, Kevin Lalumi&#232;re and C&#233;dric Dub&#233; line up with others in the cold outside the Bell Centre Thursday, January 17, prior to the team's intra-squad game later that night. The NHL season for the Canadiens will begin Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.</div>
Montreal Canadiens fans line up in the cold outside the Bell Centre Thursday, January 17, prior to the team's inter-squad game later tonight. The NHL season for the Canadiens will begin Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Members of the New Jersey Devils sit on the bench while watching an NHL hockey scrimmage against the Albany Devils, the team&#8217;s AHL affiliate, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J.
Toronto Maple Leafs Phil Kessel is greeted by fans as he takes to the ice for an open training session at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday January 17, 2013, as the Leafs prepare for their opening match of the new NHL season.
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens signs a fan&#8217;s shirt following an open training session at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday January 17, 2013, as the Leafs prepare for their opening game of the NHL season.
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Pittsburgh Penguins fans watch the opening face-off of an NHL intra-squad hockey scrimmage in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
In a Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 file photo, Ottawa Senators team captain Daniel Alfredsson acknowledges two young fans who show their appreciation for his team coming back after the NHL hockey lockout ended at training camp in Ottawa, Ontario. The lockout that lasted 119 days has ended, the new collective bargaining agreement is in place and the NHL is finally about to play games again after hastily arranged week-long training camps around the league. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand, File) ORG XMIT: NY110
Pittsburgh Penguins White Team&#8217;s Sidney Crosby (87) checks the blade of his stick before a shootout that was part of an NHL hockey intrasquad scrimmage in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
Blue Team forward Kyle Okposo, left, loses his stick as he fends off White Team forward Blair Riley (20) during the third period of a New York Islanders Blue and White NHL hockey scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The scrimmage featured players from the Islanders training camp and the club&#8217;s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Providence Bruins&#8217; Maxime Sauve (7) scores a goal against Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) as Boston&#8217;s Brad Marchand (63) watches during an NHL hockey scrimmage at TD Garden in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Providence defeated Boston 7-5.
Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz tosses pucks onto the ice at NHL hockey training camp on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
In a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, Minnesota Wild hockey fans Pat Vos, left, and Jess Crane marked their spots, first and second respectively, for Wild tickets at the Xcel Arena in St. Paul, Minn. The lockout that lasted 119 days has ended, the new collective bargaining agreement is in place and the NHL is finally about to play games again after hastily arranged week-long training camps around the league.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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