Canadiens to hold first outdoor practice

Updated: January 13, 2004, 5:38 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- The great outdoors agrees with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens will hold their first outdoor practice Jan. 25, a move that comes two months after they played the Oilers in Edmonton in the first outdoor game in NHL history.

The practice will be held on a rink at Place des Nations on St. Helene's Island across from downtown Montreal. It will coincide with the city's annual winter festival.

The Canadiens beat the Oilers 4-3 in the Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 22 before more than 57,000 fans. The game, a celebration of hockey's roots, began with the temperature at 1 below zero.

The benches were heated, and players wore special long underwear and ski headgear that covered the head, ears and neck beneath their helmets.

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