MONTREAL - The town of Renous, New Brunswick, has been named Kraft Hockeyville for 2019, and will host a 2019-20 NHL preseason game.
At the invitation of the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens and the Florida Panthers will participate in the preseason matchup on September 18.
Participating in their third regional preseason contest as part of Kraft Hockeyville (after playing in the inaugural game at Truro, NS in 2006 and then the third edition in Roberval, QC in 2008), the Canadiens are looking forward to the opportunity of visiting their legion of fans in New Brunswick. The Canadiens have organizational history in the province, which was home to the Fredericton Canadiens of the American Hockey League between 1990 and 1999.
"All of our personnel and players are excited at the idea of going to play in New Brunswick, where we know we can count on a solid base of hockey fans who know and love the game," said Geoff Molson, Owner, President and CEO of the Canadiens.
The Hockeyville game in Renous will alter the team's traditional preseason calendar of the past several years, which saw the Canadiens travel to Quebec City for a preseason game in the provincial capital. Due to scheduling, the team will play all its remaining preseason home games at the Bell Centre.