Canadiens' farm team moving to Laval
Published Friday, July 8, 2016 6:22PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 8, 2016 6:49PM EDT
The Montreal Canadiens are expected to confirm on Monday they will be moving their farm team to Laval.
The American League IceCaps will play one more season in St. John's, Newfoundland, after which Place Bell in Laval will be the new home for the farm team for the 2017-2018 season.
Place Bell is a 10,000 seat arena, with two smaller rinks, that is being built near the Montmorency metro station, and is projected to be complete next year.
The IceCaps played in Hamilton, Ontario before moving to Newfoundland last year on a two-year contract, taking over the arena used by the farm team for the Winnipeg Jets.
Having the AHL team in Montreal would make it much easier to transfer players in the event of injury or other roster moves.
It would also allow managers and coaches to watch games and see how players are doing.
The owner of the Canadiens, Geoff Molson, General Manager Marc Bergevin, and Laval Mayor Marc Demers will be at the formal announcement on Monday.