Martin pushes 'work ethic' with Habs

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 PM ET

Since the start of training camp, Jacques Martin has been vocal about his desire to develop a proper work ethic with his Montreal Canadiens.

The new head coach showed what he was talking about yesterday when he put the players through a particularly demanding workout prior to their pre-season game against the Florida Panthers.

The on-ice session had a bit of everything: zone breakouts, one-on-one, defensive drills and workouts that required players to put in a second effort to fight for the puck.

Most of the drills required all of the players to be on the ice at the same time.

"With the style that I want to implement, the focus is going to be put on working in five-man units," Martin said. "To do that, we have to be near the puck, make short passes and support each other. That's what good teams do, like the Detroit Red Wings."

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Martin's structured practice seemed to catch the players' attention. They appeared concentrated and disciplined on the ice throughout the workout. Some of the players even stayed on the ice following the two-hour practice.

New acquisitions Scott Gomez and Mike Cammalleri were amongst the players that appeared to appreciate the system.

"I grew up in the Devils system," said Gomez, who used to play in New Jersey. "With Lou Lamoriello, you didn't have any other choice but to practise hard.

"That was the rule in New Jersey. The practices were harder than the games. Playing the games, that's the easier part of hockey.

"You can't avoid it these days. If you don't take it seriously, you don't belong in this league. That's how you get better."


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