This year’s Canadiens annual Blood Drive, presented in collaboration with RDS in support of Héma-Québec, will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024. Donors are expected at the Bell Centre from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To the delight of fans, Habs players, as well as coaches and other members of the organization, will be on hand to greet and thank the public for donating blood. Youppi!, Canadiens Alumni, as well as RDS talents will also be attending.
Anyone wishing to donate blood on this day is invited to book an appointment now, either by visiting jedonne.hema-quebec.qc.ca, or by calling 1-800-343-7264. Although it is strongly recommended to reserve your time slot in advance in order to reduce wait times, walk-ins will also be accommodated as space allows.
42nd Canadiens Blood Drive
Monday, January 22, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Main entrance: 1909 Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue
Metro station: Bonaventure or Lucien-L'Allier
Commuter train station: Central Station or Lucien-L'Allier
Paid parking*: 1275 Saint-Antoine W. Street
Are you eligible to donate blood? Before registering or attending our blood drive, we invite you to verify whether you meet all eligibility conditions by consulting Héma-Québec’s website or by contacting the Donor Centre at 1-800-847-2525.
Getting to the Bell Centre
Situated in the downtown core of Montreal, the Bell Centre is easily accessible, being conveniently located near two metro stations, two commuter train stations, and various bus lines. Donors are strongly encouraged to opt for public transportation when commuting to the blood drive.
*Please note that there is a fee to park at the Bell Centre and that vehicles with studded tires are forbidden at all times. For more information on current rates or on getting to the Bell Centre, click here.
Access to the Blood Drive Site
The objective of this annual event is to collect blood donations to help Héma-Québec meet the needs of the Quebec population. Although we understand that many fans see this occasion as an opportunity to meet players, take pictures and secure autographs, due to logistical and security concerns, this activity is not open to the general public.
Please note that you must donate blood in order to have access to the floor, which is the area reserved for blood collection. Entry to the Bell Centre will therefore be restricted to those intending to donate blood, and it won’t be possible to anyone else to accompany someone who is.
The only exceptions are:
- If you come to the blood drive with children aged 8 and under and a single (1) other adult accompanies you to take care of them, they must all wait in the designated waiting area and cannot accompany you on the floor while you make your blood donation.
- If you come to the blood drive with one (1) child aged 9 to 13, they can accompany you on the floor. Limit of one (1) child per adult.
- If you come to the blood drive with one (1) teenager aged 12 to 17, they will have to go straight to the waiting area while you make your blood donation.
Security and Prohibited Items
To ensure the safety of donors and staff, an electronic search is mandatory when entering the Bell Centre. No re-entry inside the building is possible after leaving the collection site.
According to NHL security guidelines, no backpacks, sports bags, laptop bags or large bags (exceeding 35 cm x 35 cm x 15.25 cm) will be accepted inside the Bell Centre. All bags will be searched upon your arrival.
Personal photographs, taken for non-commercial purposes, are permitted. However, professional cameras (with a lens over 2.5" or any other type of detachable lens), video cameras, selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, and any portable lighting accessor, are strictly forbidden inside the Bell Centre. Laptops and tablets are also prohibited.
Click here to find out about all the security measures inside the Bell Centre or to consult the list of prohibited items.