Les Canadiennes VS China’s Kunlun Red Star at Bell Centre
Les Canadiennes VS China’s Kunlun Red Star – Les Canadiennes de Montréal, with 4 wins and no losses so far this season, (the other team being the Vanke Rays). It will be a historic three game ‘Super Series’, with the first game being held at the Bell Centre on November 11th at 1:00pm.
It is not the first time the Kunlun Red Star have played against teams in the CWHL, but it will be the first time they take on Les Canadiennes, last season’s Clarkson Cup champions. The Shenzhen-based team will make its third pit stop in Canada before returning to China – but the game at the Bell Centre will make history as the first showcase of a professional Chinese hockey team in an NHL arena, and several special guests will partake in the ceremonial puck drop to celebrate the occasion.
For several members of Les Canadiennes, including veteran defense player Cathy Chartrand, forwards Ann-Sophie Bettez and Katia Clément-Heydra, they will be reliving last year’s dream when they played against the Calgary Inferno at the Bell Centre on December 10th 2016. It was an exciting game in front of crowd of close to 6,000 fans, with Montreal defeating Calgary 1-0 and featuring 11 Canadian national team players, including Montreal’s off-season acquisition, goaltender extraordinaire Emerance Maschmeyer.
The two expansion teams will play their home games at their arena in Shenzhen, China. Players on the teams, are comprised of elite players from China, North America and Europe. Top talent jumped aboard, including big-name Olympians and Chinese-Canadians willing to play abroad. A schedule was created with teams travelling between the continents to accommodate the players who also have full-time jobs.
The next two games of the ‘Super series’ will take place on November 12th at 1:30pm and November 14th at 7:00pm at the Michel-Normandin arena at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard.
For tickets and information got to: https://store.thecwhl.com/collections/les-canadiennes-montreal-tickets
Bonnie Wurst – mtltimes.ca