Canada Canadian astronaut in backup role as mission nears

20:56  24 may  2018
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Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques speaks to reporters during a news conference in Ottawa Share this story. Astronaut David Saint-Jacques plays backup role in advance of his own liftoff. An astronaut since 2009, Saint-Jacques was named to the mission in 2016 and said it’s mentally good

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  Canadian astronaut in backup role as mission nears © Provided by thecanadianpress.com MONTREAL - Canada's next man in space doesn't have his official liftoff date until the end of this year, but David Saint-Jacques says he's ready if called into action in the coming weeks.

Saint-Jacques is serving as a backup to European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is part of a three-person team scheduled to launch from Kazhakstan on June 6.

A backup crew being pressed into duty on short notice has never happened.

Saint-Jacques tells The Canadian Press he is relishing his future stay aboard the International Space Station after several years of training.

The Canadian astronaut is scheduled to launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Dec. 20 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and remain on the station until June 2019.

The 48-year-old engineer and doctor will be the first Canadian to visit the station since Chris Hadfield spent five months there in 2012 and 2013.

Who should be the Canadiens backup in 2018-19? .
Two cases, one vote. Have your say! The Montreal Canadiens are an organization blessed with goaltending depth. From the NHL starter down to the ECHL and NCAA level, the Habs have few worries in net. While the position may have lacked statistical brilliance from the top down in 2017-18, it remains an area of strength for a franchise with plenty of holes to fill elsewhere. With no lack of suitors for a starting job at every level, though, it means tough decisions will have to be made when the players return for training camp. The spotlight between the pipes, of course, belongs to Carey Price, but the more intriguing plotline revolves around who will be backing him up. The case for Antti Niemi (by Dave Collins) Antti Niemi has to be the odds-on favourite. The 34-year-old veteran of 10 seasons in the NHL had his best statistical performances wearing Habs colours this past year, and while we should be hesitant to believe his sparkling numbers will stay that way, Niemi has done nothing to lose the job he has already earned. The Finn’s .929 SV% was head-and-shoulders above that of any other goaltender in the Canadiens’ organization last season, and his strong play in-place of Price should give the players in front of him the confidence and comfort they’ve often lacked when someone other than #31 has led them onto the ice.

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