Senators, Canadiens to mark National Hockey League centennial with outdoor game in December

With NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in town Friday to speak at Mayor Jim Watson's breakfast series, sources told Postmedia the league is expected to call a news conference at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Friday morning at 11 a.m.to confirm the Senators and Habs will faceoff at TD Place in an outdoor game on December 17th.

Ottawa will host the game at TD Place, home of the CFL Ottawa Redblacks, after plans fell through to hold the classic on Parliament Hill.

"It's the ultimate reality show", NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in Ottawa after announcing an outdoor game between the Sens and Canadiens on December 16 to mark the league's Centennial.

TD Place is normally a 24,000-seat soccer stadium, but with the championship game of the Canadian Football League happening just weeks prior, the stadium will seat 34,000 for the game. This will be the final event to celebrate the Senators 25th anniversary in the league, Canada's 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the NHL.

"One hundred years ago, our Senators played their first NHL game to help give rise to the greatest professional hockey league in the world", Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said.

The team's opponents are expected to be the Montreal Canadiens, who are coming off an off year following their Winter Classic appearance in 2015 against the Boston Bruins.

After much debate, it looks like the Ottawa Senators are getting the outdoor game they've been asking for.

Geoff Molson has said that he wants to host an outdoor game in Montreal, but the lack of an obvious location in the city makes it very hard.

  • Leroy Wright