I know we don't usually cover hockey or sports on these pages at National Observer. But sometimes there are events that we just can't miss.
Last weekend's outdoor game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens, marking the 100th anniversary of the first ever game in the National Hockey League, was one of those nights. It made for great visuals, and well, hockey in bone-chilling temperatures IS national affairs in Canada, eh?
Photo essay by Alex Tétreault
The Stanley Cup, the iconic trophy named after a former Canadian governor general, was on Parliament Hill last Friday for a couple of hours. They had it inside in a display trailer. But this photojournalist managed to get a sneak peak after convincing NHL officials to bring it outside for a quick, worthwhile photo-op.
As part of festivities for the NHL Centennial game and Canada's 150th anniversary, a 5.6 million dollar rink was built on Parliament Hill's front lawn.
Throughout the week, some activities have been held with varying degrees of relation to the NHL100 game, such as the Red-White Alumni game on Friday evening.
A few hours before the centennial game on Saturday, the Little Sens had a practice skate on the Hill, in front of Parliament, under the tutelage of two former Sens players, Pascal Leclaire and Chris Phillips.
They were followed right after by tryouts for the girls Team Ontario held by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario.
Ottawa is a city that appears to have healthy amounts of fans of Montreal and Ottawa, and perhaps even Toronto. So wasn't unusual to see the colours of both Montreal and Ottawa jerseys at game time.
Although some of the Senator fans may have been in a bad mood since their team's owner, Eugene Melnyk, had just made headlines for musing about moving his team to another city, due to low attendance.
Fireworks and celebrity guests were a key part of the pregame and intermission shows.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops a shot from the Ottawa Senators. It was not enough, however, as the Habs still lost the game, 3-0. Price stood on his head for most of the game (not literally) and was still named the 3rd star of the game.
Montreal Canadiens, old and new, with pyrotechnics getting ready for the national anthem.
34 000 happy, cold, fans at Lansdowne Park, but the atmosphere was getting warmer as the game went on.
Well, two-thirds show, really, (during the second intermission) and more fireworks to warm up the place.
The Ottawa Senators' have a quick celebration after the empty net goal by Nate Thompson, sealing the game.