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CANADIENS ANNOUNCE NEW ECHL AFFILIATE

The Montreal Canadiens announced on Tuesday that they have agreed on a three-year deal with a new hockey franchise in Trois-Rivieres. The deal will make them the team's official ECHL affiliate once they join the league for the 2021-22 season.

«This agreement provides our organization with an interesting opportunity to expand our development pipeline here in Quebec, while allowing us to closely monitor the development of some of our prospects. The ECHL is a league that deserves more recognition for the talent it displays and for its high quality of play,» said John Sedgwick, the Canadiens' Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs. «The decision to move our AHL affiliate team to Laval proved to be very successful, and the advantage of having another affiliate nearby in Trois-Rivieres will be very convenient for our hockey operations and to continue scouting local talent.»

The ECHL is a development league that has been in operation since 1988. The league has had many players who have gone on to have successful NHL careers, including both current and former Habs in Brett Kulak, Ben Chiarot, David Desharnais, Francis Bouillon, Jaroslav Halak, Mark Streit and Alex Belzile.



The new team in Trois-Rivieres will play its home games out of Le Nouveau Colisee, a modern and multifunctional arena with a seating capacity of 5,000. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

COLTON PANKIW
JANUARY 19, 2021  (13H24)
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