Young defenseman Victor Mete will return to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, January 12 and participate in the team's practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, once the bye-week is over for the NHL team.
General manager Marc Bergevin got in touch with the 19-year-old defenseman on Saturday afternoon to let him know he'd be rejoining the club.
Mete was given some time off by the organization following Team Canada's gold medal run at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo. He was crown champion after an exciting 3-1 victory over Sweden last night, after he was loaned to the Canadian contingent for the annual tournament on December 11.
Some believed that, following the World Junior Hockey Championship, Mete could be heading to the 2018 Olympics to represent Canada there as well. However, it appears that Bergevin is putting his club first and answering the need for better defense out there.
The Habs still have to do without veteran defender Shea Weber, who will be sidelined at least until the All-Star Break with a foot injury. He was recently seen with a walking boot on. Mete could bring some speed and stability to the blue line during his absence.