Senators open practice:
At 11:30 a.m. this morning, the Senators will practice at the Bell Sensplex, where fans are welcome to watch from the stands. After the team is put through its session, the Cumberland Jr. Grads minor bantam B team, winners of the Senators T.E.A.M. Hockey Country Hockey Day in Canada contest, will take to the ice with the Senators players. The bantam players will also receive personalized Senators jerseys.
The Jr. Grads were selected from more than 50 nominations. Although winless on the ice this season, the team of 13-year-olds made its mark off ice. They served food to the homeless during the holiday season and donated their allowances and Christmas money to a player from an opposing team in their league, who is battling cancer.Alumni shinny game:
Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, in conjunction with the NCC, Senators alumni will play a 3-on-3 shinny game against members of the NHL alumni on the Rideau Canal Skateway Patterson Creek inlet off Queen Elizabeth Drive, between Linden Terrace and First Avenue. The Senators alumni scheduled to participate include Laurie Boschman, Jim Kyte, Jason Smith, Jason York and Shaun Van Allen. The NHL alumni squad will feature Ted Bulley (Chicago Blackhawks), John Chabot (Montreal Canadiens), Larry Skinner (Colorado Rockies), Doug Smith (Los Angeles Kings) and Rick Smith (Boston Bruins).
Both alumni teams will have honourary captains from the Canadian Armed Forces. Sergeant Rico Smith will join the Senators and Captain Mark Lachapelle will join the NHL team.City of Ottawa shinny games:
The City of Ottawa, in celebration of Hockey Day in Canada, is inviting teams, individual players and fans to play shinny games at any one of the 236 City of Ottawa-approved outdoor rinks from noon to 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to take a photo of their experience and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. A compilation of photos from across the city will be featured in the Hockey Day in Canada photo gallery on www.OttawaSenators.com.Senators vs. Canadiens:
The Senators and the Montreal Canadiens officially launch the Hockey Night in Canada all-Canadian triple-header with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday at Scotiabank Place. Members of the Cumberland Jr. Grads will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. The remaining members of the minor bantam team will participate in the Bell Relay Race during the first intermission of the game.
Senators/NCC snow sculpture:
The Senators, along with the NCC and the assistance of Cavanaugh Construction of Ottawa, have commissioned a snow sculpture to be ready in time for Hockey Day in Canada outside of Gate 1 at Scotiabank Place. Carver Guy Beauregard, from St-Jacques-Le-Majeur, Que., began work on the hockey-themed sculpture on Wednesday morning.