Home is where the heart is for Rocket forwards Alain, Havey-Pinard

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“At 23, I have experience in my physical preparation,” said Alain. “I know what works and what works less for me. We are closely followed by the Canadiens and we have access to all possible resources.”

With hockey on hold and no travel, both players are taking advantage of their free time to pursue their educational goals.

Alain has doubled his course load from two to four and Harvey-Pinard is taking finance courses through TELUQ, the distance learning arm of the Université du Québec. He had hoped to enrol in the physiotherapy program at McGill, but was unable to fit it into his schedule.

Earlier Thursday, the Canadiens announced that Brook is the latest player to be loaned to a team in Europe.

General manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday that the team agreed to loan Brook to the Krefeld Pinguine of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the start of the season. Brook is expected to report to both the Canadiens and Laval Rocket training camps for the 2020-21 season.

Brook is the seventh player from the Canadiens’ organization to be loaned to a European team. Hudon is playing in Switzerland, Lukas Vejdemo is in Sweden, Hayden Verbeek is in Slovakia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Otto Leskinen and Jesse Ylonen are all playing with their former teams in Finland.