Les Canadiennes de Montréal invite fans to inaugurate their new training facility on Saturday, September 9, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with activities aimed at celebrating the new season and to take part in the Sports Montréal open house event Testez le sport.

The Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard (Michel-Normandin arena), will serve as the organization’s new home base in 2017-18. Built for the Olympic Games, the multidisciplinary facility is just off highway-40 and in walking distance of Metro station Cremazie. The new venue is just 15 minutes away from Étienne-Desmarteau, which is currently under renovation.

On Saturday, Les Canadiennes players and new recruits will be featured during the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard’s (CSCR) Testez le sport event. Among many activities is a meet and greet session with Ann-Sophie BettezKatia Clement-Heydra, Kayla Tutino and several other Les Canadiennes players; an informal ball-hockey game between fans and new recruits; and a unique opportunity for all Montrealers to see the Clarkson Cup.

Michel-Normandin’s arena will make for an intimate venue in which to watch Les Canadiennes games this season. The team will also continue to play league games at Complexe Bell in Brossard.

The CSCR unites high performance programs, offering elite athletes and clubs from various disciplines comprehensive training facilities, as well as access to a gym and athlete services through Excellence sportive de l’Île de Montréal (ESIM) and Sports Montréal.


8–10 a.m., Old Port – Players Cassandra Poudrier and Emerance Maschmeyer (goalie recruit) will join Kim St-Pierre in repelling down a 144-foot building to raise funds for ESIM’s new gym where the team will train. Accroche-toi à l’excellence event is held at Quai des Convoyeurs.

9 a.m.-12 p.m., CSCR OMNI Gym – Les Canadiennes players will sign autographs and show the Clarkson Cup in the OMNI gym during ESIM’s fitness testing.

10 a.m.-1 p.m., CSCR- As part of Sports Montréal’s Testez le sport open house event, fans, young athletes and media are invited to meet our players and new recruits at a kiosk set up outside the arena and to play ball hockey with Les Canadiennes! Many other sports activities are available for anyone to try during the day on the grounds of Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard.