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NHL celebrates start of 2014-15 season with 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off event in Toronto

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TORONTO / NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the National Hockey League (NHL®) will celebrate the start of the 2014-15 regular season with the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off, a free hockey and music festival and viewing party at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Fans are invited to join the NHL and its partners beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET.

"For hockey fans, the first day of the NHL season is incredibly exciting. It's a fresh start for all 30 teams and the anticipation, possibilities, and intense rivalries begin the moment the puck drops," said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. "The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off is a great way for the NHL and our partners to be a part of this excitement, celebrating with our fans in the heart of Toronto and all over the world."

"Like fans from coast to coast, our team has spent the summer eager for the puck to drop on the new season," said Stewart Glendinning, President & CEO of Molson Coors Canada. "With the NHL and Molson Canadian teaming up once again, fans in downtown Toronto are sure to score a memorable moment before the Maple Leafs and Canadiens renew Canada's oldest rivalry."

The celebration begins at 12:00 p.m. ET at Yonge-Dundas Square, rain or shine, with live musical performances; prizes and giveaways; NHL Alumni™ and special guest appearances; merchandise available for purchase; and sponsored hockey activities. The day's festivities will continue into the evening when fans are invited to watch the Montreal Canadiens renew their Original Six™ rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs on giant outdoor video screens. The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be produced by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, one of the top sports and entertainment companies in the world.

Across the League, the opening night's four-game slate will feature teams from coast-to-coast. In Canada, fans can tune in to Sportsnet's doubleheader featuring the Canadiens at Maple Leafs (7:00 p.m. ET) followed by Canucks at Flames (10:00 p.m. ET). In Quebec, TVA Sports' NHL coverage will debut with their French-language broadcast of Canadiens at Maple Leafs followed by a French-language broadcast of Canucks at Flames. In the U.S., NBCSN will also feature a doubleheader starting with Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET) for the network's inaugural 2014-15 season Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (10:00 p.m. ET). The evening will be highlighted by the raising of the Kings' second championship banner in the past three seasons before facing their division rivals the Sharks.

The musical line-up for the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be announced in the coming weeks across the NHL's social media platforms. For the latest news on the event and musical performers, fans should follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL) and Instagram (Instagram.com/NHL) and use the official hashtag #NHLFaceOff to join the conversation.

Fans in attendance for the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off can expect a wide array of interactive games, experiences and product previews from NHL partners Molson Canadian, Rogers, Scotiabank, Bridgestone, Crest, Canadian Tire, Honda, Oh Henry!, Reebok, SiriusXM, and Tim Hortons.

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