Ottawa Senators will face Montreal Canadiens in two Kraft Hockeyville games

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The Ottawa Senators will be heading to Eastern Canada to close out training camp in the fall.

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The NHL announced Monday morning the Senators will face the Montreal Canadiens in Gander, NFLD on Oct. 6 and Bouchtouche, NB on Oct. 8 as part of Kraft Hockeyville celebrations.

The games are being held to salute the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Hockeyville campaigns because Twillingate, NFLD and Elsipogtog First Nation, NB had their games postponed due to threat of COVID-19.

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“We’re greatly looking forward to participating in this fall’s Kraft Hockeyville events in the Maritimes,” said Senators president of business operations Anthony LeBlanc. “Hockey fans in Atlantic Canada have long been recognized among the country’s most passionate and we know the organization will be warmly welcomed.

“We’re proud to be able to contribute to the growth of the sport, especially at the grassroots level, throughout the region.”

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Twillingate is a fishing community. The rink, which was originally an airplane hangar, was badly in need of repairs. Winning Kraft Hockeyville allowed the community to help raise the funds necessary to make the proper changes.

Elsipogtog First Nation mourned the loss of two members of the community, Craig Sock and Seth Monahan, by rallying around their memories to rebuild the rink.

“The community was motivated by their desire to rebuild their community rink after a tragic fire caused significant structural damage, leaving their arena inoperable. The community’s ability to overcome adversity through their love of the game inspired Canadians,” the league said in its release.

Habs’ owner Geoff Molson said the club is excited about the opportunity to play these games.

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“It is with great pleasure that all of our staff members and our players will be visiting New Brunswick and Newfoundland this fall as part of Kraft Hockeyville, where the welcome will be warm and enthusiastic just like the fans from these two regions, who are passionate about hockey,” Molson said.

The Senators plan to play nine exhibition games in the fall to prepare for the opening of the season. The NHL schedule will be announced early next month and the rest of the pre-season will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Camp is scheduled to get underground Sept. 17 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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