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Canadiens to hold first outdoor practice

1/13/2004 - Montreal Canadiens

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.