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Habs add ECHL Trois-Rivières team as 2021-2022 affiliate

Montreal CanadiensThe Montreal Canadiens will affiliate with a new ECHL Trois-Rivières team beginning in the 2021-2022 season under a three-year deal.

The new ECHL Trois-Rivières team will play its home games out of Le Nouveau Colisée, a modern and multifunctional arena with a 5,000-seat capacity (including luxury suites), scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

On November 23, the Trois-Rivières ECHL Hockey Club confirmed its management team, which includes former Canadiens defenseman Marc-André Bergeron as vice-president and general manager.

“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-Rivières will be very convenient for our hockey operations and to continue scouting local talent.”

“This partnership with the Canadiens is an important moment for our new franchise in Trois-Rivières. While contributing to the development of hockey in Mauricie and Quebec, this affiliation with the Canadiens will add credibility and notoriety to our project of bringing hockey back to Trois-Rivières,” said Mark Weightman, President and CEO of the new franchise. “We are excited about the thought of our fans cheering on a group of prospects that one day may play for the Canadiens. I am convinced that an affiliation with the Canadiens will create a passionate connection within our fanbase.”

The Laval Rocket is the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate.

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