Kings of Leon headline Face-Off festivities

From the official media release:



Grammy Award-Winning Band to Perform Oct. 1 During NHL’s Free Hockey,

Entertainment and Community Celebration in Montreal

Event Presented in Collaboration with Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation

TORONTO / NEW YORK (Sept. 20, 2013) – Grammy Award-winning band Kings of Leon (@KingsofLeon) will headline the 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off, the NHL’s hockey, entertainment and community festival at Place des Festivals in Montreal on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the National Hockey League, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation announced today. The band’s 40-minute performance highlights a lineup of free activities planned for fans in Montreal and celebrates the release of their new album, Mechanical Bull, out Sept. 24. The day also will include interactive hockey attractions as well as numerous community and fundraising activities, presented by the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and Hockey Quebec.

“The Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off is the perfect way to pick up where we left off with last season’s strong finish,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Marketing Officer. “NHL Face-Off is all about our fans – thanking them and giving them another forum to not only rally around the excitement of a new season, but to celebrate our game in a festival environment. Holding NHL Face-Off in Montreal promises to create an incredible atmosphere and a memorable event for our fans and partners.”

The celebration begins at 3 p.m. ET, rain or shine, and culminates at 7 p.m. ET with the live telecast of the season-opening game between the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs on giant video screens. There will be additional live musical performances; prizes and giveaways; special guest appearances; and food, beverage and merchandise available for purchase.

Kings of Leon’s set in Montreal will be featured in CBC’s pre-game show, Hockey Tonight, hosted by Ron MacLean and broadcast live nationally starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Award-winning broadcaster and hockey fanatic, George Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo), host of CBC Television’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, will emcee the concert event live from Montreal. CBCSports.ca will make the entire performance available online via live stream.

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation will be on hand for the 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off to promote its mission and to raise funds to help underprivileged children around the province adopt a healthier lifestyle through physical activity and better eating habits. Due in large part to the introduction of its BLEU BLANC BOUGE program and the construction of five multipurpose and refrigerated outdoor rinks, the foundation has been able to answer the need for quality sports facilities in Montreal’s less-privileged neighborhoods. Hockey Quebec also will take part in the festivities, bringing along its mascot and distributing information about its various programs.

Molson Canadian returns to NHL Face-Off as title sponsor and will be joined at the season-opening festival by NHL partners Scotiabank, SiriusXM, Bridgestone, Visa, Oh Henry!, Reese, Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, Captain Morgan, Panini, Canada Post, Reebok, Bell and the city of Montreal. The 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be produced by evenko, one of the top entertainment promoters in the world.

Popular Montreal bar and lounge Le Newtown, located on Crescent Street, will host the Captain Morgan NHL After Party, starting at 10 p.m.

ET. Admission is free.

The Detroit Red Wings and Fox Theatre in Detroit hosted the first-ever NHL Face-Off in 2008. The Maple Leafs served as the hosts for the 2010 NHL Face-Off in Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. The NHL marked the opening of the 2011-12 season and its return to Winnipeg with the 2011 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™ in The Forks, hosted by the Jets.