The Ottawa Senators go to the farm in training camp.
The senators confirmed on Wednesday that they will host arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs in a Battle of Ontario at the CAA Arena in Belleville on Friday, September 30. The playing time has yet to be determined.
It will be the first time the Senators have had the chance to play at the home of their American Hockey League affiliate and the fact that it’s the Leafs means tickets will be snatched up pretty quickly once they go on sale.
Season ticket holders have the first right to buy seats, followed by flexpack seat buyers and then the general public.
The organizers have not yet decided when the tickets will go on sale, but the people of Belleville know what organizing a pre-season game means for the community. It probably would have been done sooner, but life is returning to normal after COVID-19 shuts down the world.
“This is a major issue for the City of Belleville and we are very excited. It’s a great opportunity to give positive recognition to our city and the Quinte region,” Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk said, speaking to Belleville City Council this week.
“This game will be important as it is at the end of the season schedule and both teams will want to be ready to get off to a good start. There will be a lot of outside attention on our city as the eyes of the province and Canada will be focused on us again, for such a positive event.”
After the Belleville Senators made it to the playoffs last spring, this is another step in the right direction for the organization.
“We are thrilled to host the NHL in Belleville as we welcome our parent club and one of their fiercest rivals to the CAA Arena,” said Belleville VP Breanne Matthews. “This game is a great way for Bay of Quinte area hockey fans to get ready for the new season, to see some of their favorite former Belleville Sens players, who have developed here in the friendly town. before they became everyday players in the NHL. †
The Senators have not yet announced their full nine-game pre-season schedule, but four have now been made public. The club will compete in two Kraft Hockeyville games in Eastern Canada and a September 27 date in Winnipeg has also been announced.