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Mike Condon Earns Backup Role With Montreal

Princeton hockey alumnus Mike Condon was named the backup goaltender for Montreal, the Canadiens announced on Monday.

“I found out yesterday morning,” Condon said over text message. “The head coach, Michel Therein, general manager Marc Bergevin and goalie coach Stephane Waite met me in the office and said I would be starting the season with the team.

“I was obviously very excited and humbled at the same time. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Condon spent training camp battling goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who was placed on waivers Monday morning.

“Every goaltending battle is very close,” Condon said. “Everyone at this level can stop the puck and everyone is very accomplished. I didn’t dwell too much on anyone else, though.”

The Massachusetts native said adjusting to the speed will be his biggest challenge at the next level.

“It takes a little while to learn/remember anticipatory skills and the speed of the shots,” Condon said.

The former Princeton netminder joined the Canadiens after graduating from Princeton in 2013. After spending two seasons in the Montreal organization, Condon said he approached this year’s training camp with more emphasis on the mental aspect.

“I did a lot of mental preparation during the summer that helps me remain calm and silences the inner monologue that many people and players have. This allows me to just play and let my training take over,” Condon said.

“The biggest thing I learned at camp and more so this summer was to not get too far ahead of myself. Stay in the moment, trust the process, and take care of daily details. That will bring you success.”


As a Canadien, Condon will back up Carey Price – nine-year NHL vet who’s won the Vezina Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy.

“I think I can learn from a lot of things Price does,” Condon said. “He’s the best goalie in the world. He’s so calm, so athletic, and he can anticipate and react to plays better than any goalie I’ve watched. I hope I adopt some of his traits.”

He split the remainder of the 2013 season between the ECHL and the AHL, and spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

After spending 48 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs last year, Condon joined Montreal’s practice squad for the playoffs. He signed a two-year extension with Montreal’s organization last year. As a member of the big club, Condon said he’s trying to learn a little bit of French.

“The French language is hard to learn,” Condon said. “I try to learn a few words every day. It’s very hard to pick up words with people’s accents and the way each word is pronounced. I speak Spanish but the accent and delivery of words is very different.”

The Canadiens open their season on Oct. 7 against Toronto.

“The most exciting aspect of joining the Canadiens would have to be just playing for one of the most storied franchises in the NHL,” Condon said. “It’s such an honor, and I still have to pinch myself every day.”

Six Princeton Alumni Participate In NHL Training Camps

Princeton hockey alumni Mike Condon, Taylor Fedun, Kyle Hagel, Marc Hagel Mike Moore and Michael Sdao are at NHL training camps this season.

Sdao, who was drafted by the Senators, is entering his third year of professional hockey. Condon is also in his third season of professional hockey, and has been playing in Montreal’s organization since graduating in 2013.

Fedun is in his first season with Vancouver’s organization. Last year he appeared in seven NHL games with San Jose and recorded four assists.  This is Moore’s second season with Washington. The former Princeton captain spent much of last season in the AHL, playing in 41 games for Hershey.

Marc and Kyle Hagel are both in training camps. Marc is with Minnesota, while Kyle is with Carolina. This is their second year in their respective organizations.


Mike Condon Relishes Chance To Continue Pro Hockey Career

As a Massachusetts native, Mike Condon grew up watching Boston University’s John Curry, who played for the Terriers from 2004-07. Around the same time, Condon saw Joey MacDonald man the crease for the Bruins.

As an AHL goaltender himself, Condon has played with and against them.

“To be able to share the ice with [MacDonald] and share goaltending duties it’s pretty surreal and it’s pretty cool,” Condon said.

On Thursday, Condon extended his dream of playing hockey by signing a two-year extension with Montreal.

“It was a really surreal moment to be able to have another two years of hockey. It really [hasn’t] set it in quite yet either,” Condon said. Continue reading Mike Condon Relishes Chance To Continue Pro Hockey Career