With seven players in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, the Canadiens had to call for reinforcements to fill out the ranks as they resumed practising on Wednesday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

The most prominent additions to the practice roster were former Canadiens Jocelyn Thibault and Patrice Brisebois.

“(Goaltender coach) Stéphane Waite was down in Sherbrooke last week and he told me they were looking for a couple of goaltenders for practice and he asked me if I was interested,” said Thibault, whose 14-year NHL career ended in Buffalo in 2008.

Thibault, who serves as the co-owner, vice-president of hockey and assistant coach of the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, said he occasionally dons the pads with the junior team, but he plays defence in an old-timers league.

“It’s kind of like riding a bike,” Thibault said. “I’ve lost quite a bit of my timing but not all of it.”

Thibault looked comfortable in series of 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 drills, but was beaten on one rush when Alex Galchenyuk tested his broken hand by putting the puck through his legs before scoring.

“The kids had some nice moves,” Thibault said. “I face this level of players nowadays, but I felt more at ease with the speed as practice progressed.”

“I’d really like to thank (general manager Marc Bergevin) for giving me this opportunity,” said Brisebois, who was part of the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup winner in 1993. He retired in 2009 after 18 seasons, 16 of them in Montreal.