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This Holiday Season, the Montreal Canadiens reach out to the community with different initiatives

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The desire to help and provide support to people in need is at the heart of our organizational commitments. With Christmas just around the corner, the Montreal Canadiens family will once again be actively involved in several traditional initiatives in the community.

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation Tricolore Laces

The Foundation’s Tricolore laces featuring Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais are back for the Holiday Season. Tonight, during the game between the Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets, fans can purchase Tricolore laces at the Foundation kiosk (section 103) and have a chance to win one of many instant prizes or a meet and greet with a player after the game. Tricolore laces will also be available throughout December for $10 per pair in the Tricolore Sports stores and online at www.gettiedtothecause.com. All profits will be donated to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.

The Canadiens Food Drive

In support of La Grande Guignolée des médias, which celebrates this year its 15th anniversary, the Montreal Canadiens are inviting the public and fans to bring non-perishable food to the Bell Centre before the game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, December 3. The food drive will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in a festive decor at La Place des Canadiens in la Cour Rio Tinto. RDS, Youppi! and Alumni will be on-site to thank the fans for their generosity. In exchange of their contributions, people attending the game will also get the chance to win signed memorabilia.

Annual Children’s Hospitals Visit

The traditional children’s hospitals visit initiated 50 years ago by the great Jean Béliveau will take place on Tuesday, December 8. Players and members of the Canadiens’ organization will be visiting young patients at the CHU Sainte-Justine and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Aware of the importance of health and the role they have in children’s imagination, the players do their best to provide some joy and encouragement to support these kids and their families during their visit. In order to give as many children as possible the opportunity to share precious moments with their favorites, the team will be split up in two groups.

Operation Santa Claus

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 wishes of children who might have been left out Santa’s list. Prior to the game between the Canadiens and the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, December 15, the players’ wives will be wrapping the gifts they have purchased for the children. For the past 20 years, Opération Père Noël has collaborated with several organizations helping underprivileged children and their families such as Youth Centers, CSSS and schools.

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