It’s official: Habs open season against Maple Leafs

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The Canadiens will open training camp in Brossard Sunday after the National Hockey League and the NHLPA signed off on a memorandum of understanding on the new collective bargaining agreement shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The memorandum cleared the way for the opening of camps and teams are now free to sign players and make trades. The major task for new Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is to sign restricted free agent defenceman P.K. Subban.

The Canadiens will hit the ice at 10 a.m. Sunday in Brossard and it will be open to the public. To see the list of 27 players invited to the camp and to get practice times click here.

The NHL also released the 2013 schedule Saturday night and the Canadiens, as expected, will open the season next Saturday with a home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Canadiens will play 48 games between Jan. 19 and April 27, when they conclude the regular season in Toronto. They will play six games in January and 14 games in each of the next three months. The Canadiens will play seven sets of back-to-back games, including the traditional Super Bowl weekend matinees Feb. 2 against Buffalo and Feb. 3 against Ottawa.

All the games will be against Eastern Conference teams and the only time the Canadiens will leave the Eastern time zone is April 25 when they play in Winnipeg.

See the complete Canadiens schedule by clicking here. See the complete NHL schedule by clicking here.

For more on the official end of the lockout, click here.

Tickets for the first two Canadiens home games: Jan. 19 against the Leafs and Jan. 22 against Florida, go on sale at noon Sunday. Tickets for the remaining games will go on sale the following Sunday at noon. For more details, click here.

See CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada schedule by clicking here.

See the NHL on TSN schedule by clicking here.

(Photo by Marie-France Coallier/The Gazette)

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