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Tragically Hip to headline NHL launch event

Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

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TORONTO/NEW YORK – Canadian rock legends The Tragically Hip will get the party started ahead of the NHL season opener next Wednesday.

The Tragically Hip will perform a 45-minute set as part of the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off event at Yonge-Dundas Square prior to puck drop between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens game on Oct. 8.

“For hockey fans, the first day of the NHL season is incredibly exciting. It’s a fresh start for all 30 teams and the anticipation, possibilities, and intense rivalries begin the moment the puck drops,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off is a great way for the NHL and our partners to be a part of this excitement, celebrating with our fans in the heart of Toronto and all over the world.”

“Like fans from coast to coast, our team has spent the summer eager for the puck to drop on the new season,” said Stewart Glendinning, President & CEO of Molson Coors Canada. “With the NHL and Molson Canadian teaming up once again, fans in downtown Toronto are sure to score a memorable moment before the Maple Leafs and Canadiens renew Canada’s oldest rivalry.”

The celebration begins at 12:00 p.m. ET at Yonge-Dundas Square, rain or shine, with live musical performances, prizes and giveaways, NHL Alumni and special guest appearances, merchandise available for purchase and sponsored hockey activities. The day’s festivities will continue into the evening when fans are invited to watch the Montreal Canadiens renew their Original Six rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs on giant outdoor video screens. The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be produced by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Across the League, the opening night’s four-game slate will feature teams from coast-to-coast. In Canada, fans can tune in to Sportsnet’s doubleheader featuring the Canadiens at Maple Leafs (7:00 p.m. ET) followed by Canucks at Flames (10:00 p.m. ET). Games also will be available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

In Quebec, TVA Sports’ NHL coverage will debut with their French-language broadcast of Canadiens at Maple Leafs followed by a French-language broadcast of Canucks at Flames. In the U.S., NBCSN will also feature a doubleheader starting with Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET) for the network’s inaugural 2014-15 season Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (10:00 p.m. ET).

The evening will be highlighted by the raising of the Kings’ second championship banner in the past three seasons before facing their division rivals the Sharks.

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