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Les Canadiennes to establish home at Place Bell

The team’s season opener will be a double header following the Laval Rocket game

Les Canadiennes will establish a home base at Laval’s Place Bell.

The arena, home to the AHL’s Laval Rocket, will host the majority of their home games including their season opener on October 13. The game will take place after the Rocket host the Binghamton Devils at 3:00 p.m.

The Canadiennes will play a second game on Place Bell’s Community Rink on Sunday, October 14th, at 1:00 p.m. They will also have their training camp and daily operations at the arena.

Montreal will still play games at the Michel Normandin arena and at Complexe Bell in Brossard, and we expect there to be a third annual game at the Bell Centre as well.

The game on February 23 will take place after the Rocket host the Manitoba Moose in the Rocket’s arena as well. The game on February 24 will take place in the community rink.

This move makes sense for the Canadiennes as the Rocket appeal to families more than the Canadiens do, so there is more cross over in the market and it allows an affordable trip to see two competitive teams in the same afternoon and evening.

“Women’s hockey has experienced exponential growth in recent years, both at the amateur level as well as at the professional level, and we are thrilled to contribute to Les Canadiennes’ quest to grow women’s hockey and to develop the world’s very best female hockey players. With nine national team athletes on its roster, and many more in the making, Les Canadiennes are part of the world’s hockey elite, and Place Bell will provide them with the training ground they need, and the public stage they deserve,” said Mark Weightman, Vice-President of Development and Operations of Place Bell and the Laval Rocket in a press release.

The Canadiennes training camp starts tonight at Place Bell following an introductory press conference.