On Monday the Bell Centre hosted the 36th annual blood drive by the Montreal Canadiens.

Donors arrived between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to give blood, and to have a chance to meet current and former players of the hockey team, players on Les Canadiennes as well as other members of the Evenko organization.

The drive was founded in 1981 by the legendary Jean Beliveau and late Forum announcer Claude Mouton.

Hema-Quebec hoped that 750 would donate blood at the event -- in a province where 1,000 units of blood are required daily.

Canadiens CEO Geoff Molson said that target was reached last year.

"It's a good opportunity for us as an organization to thank our fans. The vibe is nice, especially after a couple of wins, or four or five, or seven of the last ten, I think the fans are happier than they were at the start of the season," said Molson.

Over the past 35 years blood donations have saved more than 100,000 lives.