Ottawa – In response to the news that Parliament Hill will not be able to accommodate an NHL Heritage Classic in 2017, I want to thank the Government of Canada for its efforts in assessing the feasibility of making this possible over the last few months. I understand the security and logistical challenges involved in hosting an event of this magnitude on the Hill, and I appreciate their thoughtful and diligent consideration of the matter.

As you know, I have championed for a number of years the idea of hosting an NHL outdoor hockey game in Ottawa during our celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Recreating an outdoor game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens would mark the 100th anniversary of the very first NHL game, which took place in Ottawa in December 1917 between these two teams. This is a significant milestone for our country and our national game, and I still believe it should be properly celebrated in our nation’s capital.

As a result of these recent developments, I have reached out to the Ottawa Senators and the NHL to see how we can move this discussion forward. We have agreed to pursue the conversation, and I look forward to meeting with the Senators’ ownership next week.

I know the residents of Ottawa would appreciate cheering on the Ottawa Senators at this blockbuster event as much as I would. I look forward to working on their behalf over the next few months in an attempt to secure an agreement between the City and the Senators that would see this happen in Ottawa in 2017.