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Habs to celebrate Christmas with annual visit from underprivileged kids

Saturday, 10.12.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Habs to celebrate Christmas with annual visit from underprivileged kids

PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL - The magic of Christmas will appear before the eyes of 120 underprivileged kids on Monday, Dec. 12 at the Bell Centre, starting at 1:30 p.m.

For a sixth consecutive year, the Bell Centre will open its doors to the kids of Le Club des petits déjeuners du Québec. The festivities will start as soon as the young students arrive, while the Canadiens' players will greet them as they come off the bus.  Inflatable games, music, and an enchanting decor help the kids get into the holiday spirit and make their afternoon with their idols an unforgettable moment. Canadiens’ mascot Youppi! will join the festivities in an original fashion by making a memorable entrance from the centre of the ice.

"The afternoon with the kids of le Club des petits déjeuners is without a doubt one of the activities that the players prefer," said Steve Begin. "It's a magical moment for everyone, as much for us as it is for the kids."

During the afternoon, the players and their wives and girlfriends will each partner with a group of five to six children and will have to choose between skating on Bell Centre ice, visiting the Canadiens’ dressing room, taking a picture with Youppi! at centre ice, tackling the obstacles on the "Island Challenge" or facing-off in a game of table hockey.

"This annual gathering has become a tradition at le Club des petits déjeuners, thanks in large part to the Montreal Canadiens’ organization," said Daniel Germain, President and Founder of Le Club des petits déjeuners. "At the Club, we believe that all kids should be allowed to entertain projects and nourish their dreams. The beauty of this day is that it feeds into their dreams. Our kids remember their visit to the Bell Centre for a very long time."

About le Club des petits déjeuners du Québec

Le Club des petits déjeuners du Québec is comprised of 13,500 little faces that eat a healthy meal every morning, 183 partner schools, 2,000 volunteers, $1,550,000 in annual food donations, 170 products and services partners, numerous spokespersons and close to two million breakfasts served during the school year.

The Canadiens in the community

Throughout the year, the Canadiens’ Community Relations department organizes more than a dozen events for hockey fans and charitable organizations. The Montreal Canadiens are proud to contribute to Montreal and Quebec’s heritage, not only through their on-ice accomplishments, but also through their commitment to the community.