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Les Canadiennes to play first-ever game at Bell Centre

Noemi Marin wheels for the puck. Les Canadiennes de Montreal at Boston Blades, CWHL, Jan. 16, 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini
Kaitlin S. Cimini/Today's Slapshot

The partnership between the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes de Montreal is paying dividends in more ways than one. It was announced Wednesday morning on NHL.com that for the first time in the organization’s history, Les Canadiennes de Montreal will play a regular season game at the Bell Centre, the home of the Canadiens.

The game will take place Dec. 10 against the Calgary Inferno, the current holders of the Clarkson Cup. The tilt marks the first time the two teams will meet since facing off against each other in the 2016 Clarkson Cup championship last March, where Montreal dropped an astounding 8-3 game against Calgary.

The Canadiens announced a partnership agreement with Les Canadiennes in September 2015, which simultaneously saw the CWHL club’s name change from the Montreal Stars to Les Canadiennes for rebranding reasons. The partnership includes both promotional and financial support in hopes of boosting attendance and overall support.

“We’re very excited to be able to host Les Canadiennes for the first time in the home of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Canadiens owner, president and CEO, Geoff Molson. “We look forward to giving fans a chance to see some of the best female hockey players in the world live in our building. This is another example of our organizations working together towards our common goal of growing the game at both the professional and grassroots levels in Quebec.”

In addition to hosting regular skills clinics throughout the year, the Canadiens also launched the team’s inaugural all-girls hockey camp at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard in August.

“The season is a landmark for the CWHL as we celebrate our 10th anniversary,” said CWHL commissioner, Brenda Andress. “We are thrilled to partner with the Montreal Canadiens to bring Les Canadiennes and their heritage celebrations to one of the world’s biggest hockey stages as there is no better place in Quebec to celebrate both the women’s game and the incredible legacy of the Montreal team and its players over the past decade.”

Puck drop is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. Tickets are $15 each and will be available for purchase as of Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. on canadiens.com.

"Kate Cimini is a freelance writer and photographer, with bylines at Sports Illustrated, VICE Sports and Excelle Sports, as well as serving the lead beat writer on the NWHL for Today's Slapshot. Check out more of her work on kcimini.com and follow her on Twitter at @k_cimini."

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