NHL100 Classic makes for Hockey Night in the Glebe this weekend
The Glebe will be transformed into hockey central this weekend when the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators meet at TD Place for Ottawa’s first ever outdoor NHL hockey game Saturday night.
The NHL 100 Classic will complete a 100-year-old circle and a rivalry for the ages, as the Canadiens and Senators met on the league’s opening night on December 19, 1917. The game also coincides with Canada’s 150th celebration, the Senators’ 25th anniversary and the Stanley Cup’s 125th birthday.
“Thanks to five goals by Joe Malone and the goaltending of Georges Vezina, another of our [100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian], the Canadiens won 7-4 on the night that launched 100 years of NHL hockey,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told NHL.com. “To launch our next 100 years, we believe it is only right to bring the Canadiens and the Senators back together.”
The field at TD Place will be transformed from a football field into an NHL hockey rink, with fans from both clubs filling the expanded stadium for hockey night in the Glebe.
The Canadiens will be looking to get back into the playoff picture, while the struggling Sens will look to at least right the ship somewhat, as they’ve dropped 11 of their last 12 games and are now hovering around the basement of the entire league with just 25 points.
Last time the rivals met, the Canadiens outlasted Ottawa 2-1.
But the game is about much more than just nabbing an important two points for the win column – it’s about celebrating Canada’s game in Canada’s capital, the very place the NHL dropped its very first puck.
For those of you with tickets to the game, the message from organizers is to leave the car at home. Much like the 105th Grey Cup, the city and OC Transpo have teamed up to offer ticket holders free transit to and from the game, beginning three hours before and lasting three hours after the game. There are also free shuttles from OC Transpo Park and Rides and from City Hall that will take people to and from TD Place.
Bank Street will be closed to all vehicles and cycling from Fifth Avenue to Sunnyside Avenue in Old Ottawa South between 3:30 p.m. and midnight, while parking will be prohibited along Bank Street from Chamberlain Avenue, all through the Glebe to Old Ottawa South. Parking at Lansdowne will be limited, but the Glebe Parking Garage on Second and Third Avenue will be open with levels 3 and 4 reserved for all-day parking.
But the outdoor hockey fun doesn’t stop Saturday, as the Ottawa 67s and the Gatineau Olympiques will play in an OHL Outdoor Game on December 17 at 3 p.m. Come down and enjoy hockey like it was meant to be played.