Habs to build new practice facility
The Canadiens will settle into their new practice home in the Fall of 2008.
MONTREAL - Canadiens president Pierre Boivin and Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the construction of the Canadiens' new practice facility within a brand new sports complex to be built in Brossard, at the intersection of highways 10 and 30.
The increasing number of events booked by the Gillett Entertainment Group at the Bell Centre made it essential for the team to have its own training facility. The decision made by the organization follows a growing trend in professional sports. In order to have the best possible facilities and maximize players' training conditions, there is a proven need to have a training facility away from their home ice.
"This new practice centre demonstrates to our players and to all our fans that the Montreal Canadiens are a modern and dynamic organization, determined to undertake all the necessary measures to provide winning conditions," said Pierre Boivin. "This project, carried out with the collaboration of AXOR Inc. and the City of Brossard will also allow all citizens of the city and surrounding areas to take advantage of an exceptional facility for both hockey and soccer, which are very popular sports among youth and adults in the province of Quebec."
The sports complex will have two ice surfaces built in accordance with National Hockey League specifications, and whose features will be identical to those of the Bell Centre rink. The rinks will be complete with a fully equipped players' dressing room and other multi-purpose rooms. The Canadiens' practice rink will also accommodate up to 800 spectators.
The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art training room outfitted with modern equipment and clinical and treatment areas to provide players with a high quality environment. Working areas will be available for members of the media, including a press conference room and a working room, as well as an observation balcony.
"With this new training complex, the Canadiens will join the elite of professional sports franchises and rank among the top NHL teams with regards to training facilities. It will contribute to enhance the competitiveness of our team by improving the players' professional environment and raising the quality of our practices, and our players' conditioning will follow," said Bob Gainey. "Furthermore, this new centre dedicated to the Canadiens will help reinforce the closeness and team spirit and bring the players even closer to our fans."