There was lots of excitement at the Bell Centre Thursday well before the Canadiens intra-squad game was scheduled to get underway. Fans who braved the cold waiting outside for the doors to open at 5 p.m. got a huge surprise when they saw Canadiens players in the lobby, waiting to greet them. Fans snapped pictures and moved along a line shaking hands with Carey Price, Josh Gorges, Tomas Plekanec and other players. Canadiens principal owner Geoff Molson was there as were a few famous Habs faces from the past like Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer who posed for pictures with fans.
Thurday’s free intra-squad game is one of several initiatives by the Canadiens to make amends to fans for the NHL lockout.
Players hit the ice at 7 p.m. for a 10-minute warm-up before the two-period scrimmage, which has drawn thousands of people to the Bell Centre. The game is part of the Canadiens six-day training camp. They open their season on Saturday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.