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Senators to host Canadiens outdoors at TD Place in December, per report

Ottawa will host its first outdoor game at the end of 2017.

Soccer: TD Place Stadium Women's World Cup venue Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Canada will be getting another outdoor hockey game, as reports surfaced on Thursday that the Senators and the Canadiens are the NHL’s next likely outdoor game.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Gary Bettman will announce this upcoming Friday a game in Ottawa at TD Place on Dec. 17.

The game will likely be the 2017-18 NHL Heritage Classic game, the outdoor series between the Canadian hockey teams. Both the Senators and the Canadiens have played in the Heritage Classic before, though the game will be the first outdoor match for Ottawa since 2014. Montreal’s last was the 2016 Winter Classic against Boston.

TD Place is normally a 24,000-seat soccer stadium, but with the championship game of the Canadian Football League happening just weeks prior, the stadium will seat 34,000 for the game.

Interestingly enough, Ottawa pushed for an outdoor game on Parliament Hill — which we’ve advocated for in the past — but government officials would not give the NHL permission to hold the game on their grounds.

The game neatly coincides with the end of the NHL’s 100th anniversary, along with the 100th anniversary of the first Senators and Canadiens game in Ottawa back in 1917.