According to a French-language report that has been run through Google Translate for understanding basic facts (with full knowledge of the loss of language nuance that comes with using Google Translate), the first game of this special league will be on Sept. 27 at the Centre Multisport de Chateauguay.
The confirmed participants in this tourney, per the report, are:
- Max Talbot (Philadelphia Flyers)
- Bruno Gervais (Flyers)
- Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Kris Letang (Penguins)
- Derick Brassard (Columbus Blue Jackets)
- David Perron (St. Louis Blues)
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks)
- David Desharnais (Montreal Canadiens)
- Mathieu Darche (Canadiens)
- Alexandre Burrows (Vancouver Canucks)
- Guillaume Latendresse (Ottawa Senators)
- Simon Gagne (Los Angeles Kings)
Players who are rumored to be interested, but haven’t made their participation official yet, are Claude Giroux (Flyers), Daniel Briere (Flyers) and Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins).
Talbot said in a statement that the idea is to play these games and donate the profits to different charities focused on children.
Gervais added that there will be two teams, one representing the city of Montreal and the other representing the rest of Quebec. He said that he promises a high entertainment level of play and that players will keep training to stay in ideal shape.
Games of this as-yet-unnamed league will be played once a week on either Thursdays or Fridays. Tickets will be $20 and all proceeds will go to the aforementioned charitable causes and minor hockey associations.