MONTREAL - The Canadiens and Senators will take their rivalry up a notch in December when they face off in the open air.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the inaugural National Hockey League game, the two teams who faced off in that historic tilt a century ago will enjoy a rematch in the nation's capital, on December 16, 2017.
Home to the CFL's Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Ottawa Fury FC, the Montreal Impact's USL affiliate, TD Place will be transformed into an NHL rink just before the holidays.
The event will take place nearly 100 years to the day of the first-ever NHL game, which was held on December 19, 1917.
It will also mark the fourth time the Canadiens will participate in an outdoor game, having previously played in the 2003 and 2011 Heritage Classics in Edmonton and Calgary, respectively, and the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium against the Bruins. The Habs have won two of the franchise's three open air games to date.
Before they take it outside in December, however, the Habs and Sens will have a chance to face off three times in the span of a week in March, beginning with a home-and-away series between the divisional rivals over St. Patrick's Day weekend.