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A new neighbor
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LAVAL ? The Montreal Canadiens? AHL affiliate will be just a stone?s throw away from the Bell Centre ? and the Bell Sports Complex ? come the fall of 2017.
On Monday, the Canadiens officially announced that city of Laval would be welcoming an AHL franchise that would make its home at Place Bell beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Several days ago, at the AHL Annual Meeting in Hilton Head, SC, the league?s Board of Governors approved the relocation of the St. John?s IceCaps to Laval in a year?s time, paving the way for Canadiens president and CEO Geoff Molson to make the news of the future move public at the brand new state-of-the-art facility on the North Shore.
?We are very proud to be here to announce that a professional hockey team from the American Hockey League will be playing in Laval starting in 2017,? said Molson, who was joined at a press conference by general manager Marc Bergevin, Laval mayor Marc Demers, and Place Bell president Vincent Lucier. ?The Place Bell is an incredible place that will light up the city of Laval. We?ve been working on this project for a long time. Now, we can finally focus on our first hockey game along with the other events that will be held there, too.?
Bergevin believes there are many advantages that come with having the Canadiens? AHL affiliate so close to home.
?It will be really good in terms of supporting our young players. We?ll be right nearby. It will also give me the option to maybe keep a roster of just 22 players, instead of 23, depending on the waiver situation. I?ve talked to other NHL GMs who have AHL clubs nearby. It?s really something that can help the organization,? mentioned Bergevin, before expanding upon some of the logistical benefits that come with relocation. ?There are just two flights per day to St. John?s. Here, in 30 minutes, the player is in Brossard. When I heard that this was a possibility [of the team moving to Laval], I was very happy.?
Molson is adamant that a Laval-based AHL franchise will also serve to better prepare prospects within the organization to handle the inevitable media attention ? and scrutiny ? that comes with playing in a pressure-packed market like Montreal. Players will have the opportunity to experience it first-hand on a daily basis, and hopefully be well-equipped to handle it effectively when the Canadiens come calling for their services.
?I think that for the young guys coming to Laval, it will be closer to the reality of the NHL. They?re going to experience more stressful situations, which is good for our players. They?ll better understand what it?s like in the NHL. It?s a passionate hockey market. I?m excited to see that side of things, too,? said Molson, who is eagerly anticipating the first puck drop next year. ?Marc and his management team are going to do everything they can to offer hockey fans a high-quality team. I?m very much looking forward to September 2017.?
Monday morning?s announcement took Bergevin back in time to his playing days as a youngster in Quebec. Laval, he says, was a good place to play all those years ago, and it has remained that way ever since.
?I?m going to date myself a little bit, but the last time that I played hockey in Laval was at the beginning of the ?80s against the Laval Voisins. It?s a good hockey city, and we can expect the same thing for years to come. I don?t think it?ll be any different with our club today,? praised Bergevin, who claimed back-to-back Calder Cup titles with the AHL?s Springfield Indians in 1989-90 and 1990-91. ?My hope is that players who play in Laval, will live in the community, too.?
Community, according to Molson, is what the Laval-based AHL franchise will be all about.
?When it comes to the AHL, it?s about families heading to games together. The tickets are more affordable. More people can go and see the development of our prospects as they prepare to one day make it to the NHL. There?s a lot of talent that will be coming to Laval down the road,? explained Molson. ?For the Laval community, to have a local team at the professional level, a big part of the success of the team will be the community support. We?d like the Place Bell to be full with families and young people. We want people to get involved and see their future idols develop.?
The first step in that process is inviting hockey fans in Quebec aged 18 and over ? and specifically those in Laval ? to submit names for the new club via www.placebell.ca beginning on Monday. The ?Name The Team Contest? is divided into three separate phases, with the winning name scheduled to be announced this fall.
?This is an important day. It?s an important announcement,? stressed Demers. ?Only three cities in Canada have an AHL team, so now the city of Laval will be resonating across North America. That?s big for us because hockey is a part of our society?s DNA.?
Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for canadiens.com.
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Laval to welcome an American Hockey League team at Place Bell for the 2017-18 season
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LAVAL ? The Montreal Canadiens officially announced on Monday that the city of Laval will welcome an American Hockey League team that will make its home at Place Bell in Laval beginning with the 2017-18 season. The new state-of-the-art venue is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2017.
At the AHL annual meeting, League President David Andrews indicated that the Board of Governors approved the relocation of the St. John?s IceCaps from Newfoundland to Laval beginning with the 2017-18 season. The American Hockey League (AHL) is a 30-team league that serves as the primary developmental league for the NHL. Founded in 1939-40, the league was a stepping stone for several of the NHL?s brightest stars.
?The relocation of our AHL affiliate in Laval will be beneficial in several ways, allowing for hockey management to follow the organization?s young prospects and provide players and coaching staff with a great environment, a state-of-the-art hockey venue and a new and enthusiastic fan base,? said Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin. ?Until the team relocates to Laval, the coaching staff under head coach Sylvain Lefebvre will continue their work of developing our young players and getting them prepared for the next level. I take this opportunity to thank all IceCaps fans for their loyal support, and I am convinced that Laval hockey fans will stand behind their new team.?
As president of Place Bell in Laval, Vincent Lucier will be responsible for the overall management of the venue. An experienced executive who played a key role in both customer service and ticket sales at the Bell Centre since it first opened in 1996, Lucier climbed the ranks within the Montreal Canadiens management team after joining the organization as a ticket office clerk 20 years ago. After four years as manager, from 2001 to 2005, he was promoted to director of ticket sales and was subsequently named vice president in 2011. Among his numerous achievements, he successfully supervised a major ticketing system transition in 2008, switching from Admission to Outbox, a new label ticketing system, introduced the ticket vault and a client portal for season ticket holders, and was responsible for the implementation of mobile tickets. Lucier holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) from HEC Montreal and a Master?s degree in strategy and management from the Université Paris-Dauphine, France.
?Laval is an amazing city for the implementation of a hockey team and a venue where sports and culture will co-exist on a daily basis. We are honoured and excited at the thought of being involved in showcasing the city of Laval,? said Geoff Molson, president and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens. ?An outstanding partner, Bell has been supportive of the project from the start and will play an active role in the community. A world leader in telecommunications, it will offer a wide range of innovative platforms suited for the highest standards in the sports industry, and the world of entertainment and advanced communications.?
A multipurpose facility that will host a broad spectrum of events, Place Bell will provide the city of Laval and its citizens with a unique experience. With its 10,000-seat main arena, a standard NHL ice rink and a total of 46 private suites, Place Bell will be the home of the Montreal Canadiens? AHL affiliate team beginning with the 2017-18 season. Place Bell will also feature a community rink and an Olympic size ice surface. An elaborate facility, it will have the capacity to host an array of events, including concerts, family entertainment as well as community and corporate events. It will also feature a commercial area with various retail stores on two storeys.
?I am very pleased to welcome the Montreal Canadiens? affiliate team to Laval. I am certain that every Laval resident will soon develop a tight bond with their new team. We look forward to working together and moving forward with the evolution and success of this team. The arrival of this exciting professional sports entity will not only bring in major economic returns, but it will also introduce an element of identity for our city. This team will bring a sense of social cohesion and pride for our community,? said Laval Mayor Marc Demers.
Laval has a rich and successful hockey tradition. Over the past decades, it saw talented young prospects like Michael Bossy, Vincent Damphousse and Mario Lemieux entertain Laval hockey fans before starring at the NHL level. Laval has also been the home of coaches like Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien, who were successful behind the bench of their teams.
NAME THE CANADIENS AFFILIATE TEAM IN LAVAL CONTEST
The Montreal Canadiens are asking hockey fans, and most specifically fans in Laval, to enter names for the team?s main affiliate. The ?name the team contest? is a fun way to incorporate the Laval community as an integral part of this team?s brand and design. The contest is divided into three stages. To enter a submission, log on to www.placebell.ca starting July 11, 2016.
Throughout phase 1, from July 11 to 22, 2016, fans can enter their suggestions along with a short description. Each entry will be judged based on creativity, originality and tie-ins with the city of Laval and/or the Montreal Canadiens.
During phase II, from July 26 to August 8, fans will vote for the entries judged the most appealing among all those submitted.
The final phase, from August 15 to 31, fans will be asked to vote for one of the three finalists. The winning name will be announced in the fall. The winning entry will receive a pair of season tickets. A second pair of tickets will be randomly selected among all who participated in the second and third phases. Rules and regulations can be found on the web site www.placebell.ca.
Fans interested in season tickets for the new professional hockey team in Laval can also log on to www.placebell.ca and enter their name.
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