MONTREAL – The McGill University men’s hockey team has received an early birthday present from the Montreal Canadiens. The Redmen, who were founded in 1877 and will turn 138 years old on Jan. 31, have been invited by the Habs to participate in a skills competition at the Bell Centre on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m., just prior to the annual Provigo Canadiens Fan Practice.
McGill, under the guidance of head coach Kelly Nobes, is currently the ninth-ranked team in this week’s CIS hockey Top 10 poll. With only nine games remaining before playoffs, the Redmen sit third in the OUA East Division with a 14-5-0 record. They are in a tight, three-way struggle for the division title, just two points UQTR (14-2-2) and Carleton (15-4-0).
McGill will host the Carleton Ravens in a crucial confrontation Friday night in the annual Winter Carnival game at McConnell Arena, located just northeast of Percival Molson Stadium. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. and a capacity crowd is expected in the 950-seat facility. On Saturday, the Redmen will travel to Kingston, Ont., to take on the Royal Military College Paladins (0-16-2) at 7 p.m.
During Sunday’s skill competition at the Bell Centre, the McGill squad will be divided into red and white units, and points will be awarded, based on results from the three skills, in order to declare a winning side. The competition is designed to determine the most accurate shooter (aiming at four Styrofoam targets), the fastest skater (1-on-1 races, full lap around the ice) and a continuous shootout competition, where players keep taking penalty shots until the goalie stops them.
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