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For hockey fans, opening night skates in with excitement and possibility. Some fans will experience the action live at arenas across the US and Canada, while others will set up shop on couches across the two countries, with game night snacks and the remote in hand, ready to switch between games during commercial interludes. Then, there’s the lucky fans living in the greater Toronto area that will face-off with the exciting opportunity of attending the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off Celebration, held in the ever famous Yonge-Dundas Square. The best part? It’s free.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, downtown Toronto will host the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off, the National Hockey League’s 2014-15 season opening hockey and music festival and viewing party at Yonge-Dundas Square. The free and public festivities begin at 12:00 p.m. ET, rain or shine, through the conclusion of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game, which will be shown on giant outdoor video screens at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Fans should follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL) and Instagram (Instagram.com/NHL) and use the official hashtag #NHLFaceOff to join the conversation.

With interactive games, prizes and giveaways instead of breakaways, the festivities will also include a live performance from a national treasure and avid hockey fans — The Tragically Hip. The band will skate onto the stage prior to the Canadiens vs. Leafs matchup and be broadcast live on Sportsnet, for fans residing in the broadcast sin bin, don’t fear, NHL.com will feature performance clips.

Public Schedule of Events

All times local; subject to change

Time

Event

Location

12:00 p.m.

2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™ Begins

Yonge-Dundas Square

Free interactive activities, prizes and giveaways

courtesy of Molson Canadian, Bridgestone,  Canadian

Tire, Crest, Honda, Mondelez, NHL Auctions, Oh

Henry!, OLG, Real Sports Apparel, Reebok-CCM,

Rogers, Scotiabank, SiriusXM and Tim Hortons.

12:45 p.m.

Scotiabank Photo Session with Joe Nieuwendyk

Scotiabank Tent on Yonge Street

2:15 p.m.

Scotiabank Photo Session with Wendel Clark

Scotiabank Tent on Yonge Street

2:30 p.m.

Scotiabank Q&A with Joe Nieuwendyk

Molson Canadian Main Stage

3:15 p.m.

Scotiabank Photo Session with Darryl Sittler

Scotiabank Tent on Yonge Street

3:30 p.m.

Scotiabank Q&A Session with Wendel Clark

Molson Canadian Main Stage

4:15 p.m.

Scotiabank Photo Session with Wendel Clark

Scotiabank Tent on Yonge Street

4:30 p.m.

Scotiabank Photo Session with Darryl Sittler

Molson Canadian Main Stage

5:00 p.m.

Scotiabank Q&A with Clark, Nieuwendyk and Sittler

Molson Canadian Main Stage

6:30-7:15 p.m.

The Tragically Hip live performance, presented by SiriusXM Canada (portions will air live on Sportsnet and TVA in Canada; clips available for viewing at NHL.com and Rogers.com)

Molson Canadian Main Stage

7:15 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre

Live broadcast carried on all video screens at Yonge-Dundas Square

1st intermission

Tim Hicks live performance, presented by SiriusXM Canada

Molson Canadian Main Stage

10:00 p.m.

Official 2014 Molson Canadian NHL® Face-Off After Party (open to those 19 years and older)

The EFS Nightclub, located at 647 King Street West

Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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