The Canadiens’ season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bell Centre (CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690), but the fun starts outside several hours earlier in the Quartier des Spectacles.
The NHL is hosting a free street festival Tuesday at Place des Festivals from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. where people can also watch the RDS broadcast of the game on giant video boards.
The 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will feature performances by Kings of Leon, the headline act, as well as Loco Locass and The Beaches, a Toronto-based indie rock group. The event also includes family-friendly, free interactive games, prizes, street hockey clinics, and a chance for fans to compete for the hardest shot.
This is the third time the event has been held in Canada, with previous editions in Toronto and then Winnipeg.
“It has a little bit of everything for the fan base,” said Brian Jennings, the NHL’s chief marketing officer.
Canadiens owner Geoff Molson went on Twitter Tuesday afternoon asking fans at the Bell Centre to sing out loud to O Canada before the game.
Tweeted Molson: “Ce soir, on va demander aux partisans de chanter l’hymme national…tonight, we will ask our fans to sing the national anthem… #GHG”
(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)