Canadiens owner Geoff Molson announced at a press conference on Thursday morning that the Centennial Plaza, originally opened in 2008 as part of the club’s festivities surrounding its 100th anniversary, will be moving to the eastern part of the Bell Centre – outdoors and adjacent to Windsor Court and the Canadiens Hall of Fame.
In a press release, the club announced: “It will comprise every element of its predecessor, including the 100 greatest moments through the team’s first century, tributes to all 24 Stanley Cup-winning clubs and the 17 men whose jerseys have been retired by the organization, the four statues honouring Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, and Guy Lafleur, the team’s logo monument featuring all major award winners and every player through the first 100 years of the franchise, and the thousands of fan-personalized bricks.”
Moving the Centennial Plaza became necessary to make room for the Tour des Canadiens condominium project.
“It has always been essential for us to honour our greatest legends and teams, coupled with the bricks personalized by fans as testament to their passion and attachment to the club, in an area accessible to the public at large for generations in a setting worthy of the iconic moments and history it celebrates,” Molson said in a statement. “We are happy to unveil to you our vision for what will become the permanent home for Centennial Plaza, a place Montrealers and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy for decades to come.”
Molson also confirmed that due to the risk of damage inherent in the removal and storage of existing bricks, the club would absorb the cost of ordering an entirely new set of bricks complete with the original inscriptions made by fans.
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