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Senators, Canadiens to go outdoors to relive NHL's 1st-ever game: Report

The Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in an outdoor game to mark the NHL's 100th anniversary, according to several online reports.

Two teams expected to play on Dec. 19, 100 years to day of league's beginning

The Montreal Canadiens' David Desharnais, right, checks Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone. The two teams will reportedly meet in an outdoor game to mark the NHL's 100th anniversary in December. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press)

The Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in an outdoor game to mark the NHL's 100th anniversary, according to several online reports.

The NHL has announced a press conference in Ottawa on Friday that will be attended by league commissioner Gary Bettman, the owners of the Senators and Canadiens, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and others.

Reports say the event will confirm that a Heritage Classic game will be held Dec. 17 at TD Place, home of the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks.

The proposed game would take place almost 100 years after the first NHL game was played on Dec. 19, 1917 between Ottawa and Montreal.

It would be the third Heritage Classic appearance for the Canadiens, and the second for the Senators.

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