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NHL players part of action at women's tennis tourney

Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenge helps kick off WTA event in Montreal

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenge

NHL stars enjoy Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenge

NHL stars Tyler Seguin, Connor McDavid and Ryan O'Reilly join tennis star Novak Djokovic and others for the Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenge

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Tennis may have been the main course at the Women's Tennis Association's Rogers Cup on Saturday, but hockey also was on the menu in Montreal.

Tomas Plekanec and Stefan Matteau of the Montreal Canadiens, Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks, Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars, and Michael Matheson of the Florida Panthers participated in the Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenge at Uniprix Stadium.

Tweet from @CoupeRogers: Selfie time with @alizecornet, @Rous_ant, @Petra_Kvitova, @BaraStrycova, @KaPliskova, @luciesafarova & Plekanec!

The event was moved indoors because of heat, but hockey and tennis players managed to team up. WTA competitors Petra Kvitova, Barbora Strycova, Lucie Safarova and Karolina Pliskova joined Plekanec for this all-Czech photo.

Plekanec, who has 216 goals in 843 NHL regular-season games, all with the Canadiens, took a turn in goal, but he was no match for Matheson's breakaway chance. He also failed to thwart the tandem of Matteau and Kim St-Pierre, the goalie for the Canada women's hockey team.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Une petite s��ance de tirs de barrage avec @KimStPierre33. // Shootout action on the menu today with Kim St-Pierre.

Tweet from @amandacstein: I think #Habs should stick w Price. Plekanec gives the goalie position a try against #FLRPanthers Mattheson. #TSN690

Plekanec did manage to stymie Burrows' opportunity in the shootout competition.

Tweet from @amandacstein: It has turned into a shootout match instead... Here Alex Burrows is interfered with by Plekanec. #HabsOn690

The ball hockey display helped kick off the women's tennis tournament. The Association of Tennis Professionals tournament begins Sunday in Toronto and also will feature a ball hockey display with NHL players, including Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Tyler Seguin of the Stars.

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