MONTREAL – With Christmas just around the corner, the Montreal Canadiens family will once again be actively involved in several traditional initiatives in the community.
Red, White and Blue Santa for Christmas
In the spirit of the Holidays, the players and their wives and girlfriends, as well as members of the Montreal Canadiens organization, generously support the initiative of Normand Brault, cofounder of Opération Père Noël, by granting the wish of a number of children who might have been left out of Santa’s list. Prior to the game between the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, December 12, the players’ spouses will be wrapping the gifts they have purchased for the children. For the past 20 years, Opération Père Noël has worked with several organizations helping underprivileged children and their families such as Youth Centers, CSSS and schools.
Annual Children’s Hospital Visits
Initiated 50 years ago by the late Jean Béliveau, the traditional children’s hospital visits will take place on Monday, December 15, with players and members of the Canadiens’ organization going out to meet with young patients at the Sainte-Justine and Montreal Children’s hospitals. Aware of the importance of health and the role they have in children’s imagination, our players do their utmost to provide joy and encouragement to support these kids and their families during their visit. Players will visit children in their rooms and present each of them with a gift. Visits will get under way at 2 p.m. at both hospitals with the team splitting up in two groups to give as many children as possible the opportunity to share some precious moments with their favorites.
The Canadiens in the community
Throughout the year, the Canadiens’ Community Relations Department organizes a broad spectrum of events for hockey fans and charitable organizations. The Montreal Canadiens are proud to contribute to Montreal and Quebec’s heritage, not only through their on-ice accomplishments, but also with their commitment to the community.