Senators-Canadiens slated for National Hockey League 100 Classic outdoor game

Mar 20, 2017, 00:03
Senators-Canadiens slated for National Hockey League 100 Classic outdoor game

It was reported on Thursday that the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Senators are close to finalizing the deal to bring an outdoor game to TD Place next season, home of the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks.

The league announced Friday that the Habs and Senators will play outdoors December 16 at TD Place Stadium, home to the Canadian Football League champion Ottawa Redblacks.

It's official: the Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in an outdoor National Hockey League game this December.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wanted the game on the Hill, but government officials rejected the proposal over the cost and logistics involved in building an ice surface big enough, not to mention temporary seating for up to 40,000 fans.

The game will be played at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park, the 25,000-seat home stadium of the Canadian Football League's reigning Grey Cup champions, the Ottawa RedBlacks. The extra stands will be left up so that the Senators and Habs can use the venue.

The NHL 100 Classic will be played the evening of Saturday, Dec. 16 at TD Place, capping off the league's centennial celebrations. The game is expected to be a signature event marking Canada's 150th anniversary. They played outdoors in Vancouver in 2014. "I think it's a very healthy rivalry".

The contest will be the Senators' second outdoor appearance and the Canadiens' fourth outdoor appearance.

Also present will be NHLPA Divisional Player Representative Chris Campoli, Senators captain Erik Karlsson and 100 Greatest NHL Players Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier.

In their first game in 1917, Montreal defeated the original Ottawa Senators 7-4.

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