When Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, wants to impress a foreign leader, he takes them to see his favorite hockey team, of course.
Trudeau hosted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Canada this week for trade talks, and brought him to the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday.
Trudeau and Li met with Canadiens alumni Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Carbonneau, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandenault, Patrice Brisebois and Gaston Gingras, and took a tour of the Canadiens dressing room.
After the tour, Li and Trudeau watched Montreal-area children of Chinese descent play a game on the ice at Bell Centre.
Gingras, Dandenault and Brisebois organized a hockey school in China in February, and the Chinese delegation was hoping to participate in a hockey activity in their trip to Canada this week. More than 50 media from China attended the event, according to a Canadiens spokesperson.
Trudeau has been seen sporting Canadiens gear many times and, according to the CBC, is a distant relative of Montreal forward Max Pacioretty.