Canadiens-Leafs will square off in Prospect Showdown at Bell Centre

Two games featuring top prospects will be played the weekend of Sept. 15-16 at the Bell Centre with ticket prices ranging from $10 to $15.

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Fans who can’t afford tickets to watch the Canadiens play NHL games at the Bell Centre will have an opportunity to see the team’s top prospects play two games at the arena on the weekend of Sept. 14-15 at a very affordable price.

The Canadiens announced Thursday that they will hold a Prospect Showdown series between their top prospects and top prospects from the Toronto Maple Leafs with games slated for 1 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets prices will range from $10 to $15 and will go on sale next Tuesday. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and La Tablée des Chefs. Fans will also have the chance to win special ticket packages to both games beginning in August through a contest held at participating IGA locations.

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The Canadiens already have several promising prospects in their system, including former first-round draft picks Logan Mailloux (2021), Filip Mesar (2002) and David Reinbacher (2023), and second-round picks Owen Beck and Lane Hutson, both selected in 2022. The Canadiens also hold two first-round picks for this year’s draft (No. 5 and No. 26 overall), which begins Friday night in Las Vegas (7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports).

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“We’re fortunate to have many exciting young players in our system, and we expect it to be a special treat for fans to see them showcased in what should be a fast-paced, entertaining set of games in September,” Jeff Gorton, the Canadiens’ executive vice-president of hockey operations, said in a news release. “While several of the names we look forward to seeing have already debuted at the NHL level, any number of others can be anticipated to follow in their footsteps over the course of the coming seasons. That we get to see their skills put to the test against the best emerging talent from our Original Six rival in Toronto will only be an added bonus.”

To register for exclusive pre-sale information about tickets for the Prospect Showdown, the Canadiens are inviting fans to sign up for the ticket priority email list.

The Canadiens will hold their annual development camp next week at the CN Sports Complex in Brossard. Players will go through off-ice testing on Tuesday and then be on the ice for drills Wednesday through Friday. The development camp, which will be open to the public, will end with a scrimmage at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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