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Rivalry renewed

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Canadiens and Nordiques will square off on Wednesday night. And no Quebec City fans, this isn’t a mean-spirited play on words just because Michel Therrien’s troops are in Colorado to play the Avalanche…

The team representing the Montreal Canadiens.

The two teams will actually do battle at the legendary Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament.

Every year, a team from the Montreal area represents the Canadiens in the AAA category. The squad heading to Quebec City is selected at random from a group a pre-selected teams. The Lac St-Louis – North Lions were given the honour this time around, taking part in the 57th edition of the annual tournament that will take place from February 10-21.

A total of 120 teams featuring 11 and 12-year-old players will invade Quebec City rinks to mark the occasion. The Lions actually got their tournament under way on February 12. They bested a Detroit-based squad 6-5 in a shootout. Now that the first round has been completed, the tournament will be a single-elimination event the rest of the way.

That brings us to a second-round matchup between the Canadiens and Nordiques. The mascots from both teams – Youppi! and Badaboum – may also be on site. It’s a great opportunity to relive a rivalry cherished by Canadiens and Nordiques fans alike, albeit for just one night.

The game will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Videotron Centre.

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