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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