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Lacrosse returns to Montreal

09/26/2013, 4:45pm EDT
By NLL.com

Iroquois and Canada set for Nov. 17 international exhibition at Bell Centre

The Iroquois Nationals and Team Canada will play an exhibition game at Bell Centre as lacrosse returns to Montreal on Nov. 17.

Some of the world's best lacrosse players will return to Montreal again this year, this time for an international exhibition between Team Canada and the Iroquois Nationals at Bell Centre on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets for the game go on sale at noon on Saturday, Sept. 28 and can be purchased here.

The event marks the first international lacrosse game hosted at the Bell Centre in the building's 17-year history. Last December, the Toronto Rock defeated the Rochester Knighthawks in an NLL preseason game at Bell Centre by a score of 14-10 in front of a crowd of 7,269 fans highlighted by the performance of two Quebec natives who played alongside the pros after tryouts were held.

This game will feature a rematch of two of the best teams in the world in Team Canada, World Champions since 2003, and the Iroquois Nationals, finalists at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship hosted in Prague, Czech Republic. The matchup will feature some of the best NLL players in the game today on both teams including Philadelphia Wings transition star Brodie Merrill.

“Team Canada looks forward showcasing the world’s greatest lacrosse players at Bell Centre in Montreal,” said Dean French, Chair of Team Canada Lacrosse.

For its part, Sterling Deer, Ambassador of Team Iroquois and founder of Sterling Lacrosse, added "For the Iroquois Nation, Lacrosse is more than a sport it is an important element of our culture that we have been proudly communicated to the rest of the world. Presenting a lacrosse game at the Bell Centre, one of the most prestigious sports building in the world, is undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity to show case our sport."

For Pierre Filion, Director of the Quebec Lacrosse Federation, "This is an opportunity for the public to discover our sport. The federation is involved in the presentation of this event because we believe it will contribute positively to the growth of Lacrosse in Quebec and to the eventual return of a professional lacrosse franchise in Montreal."

And Martin Routhier, promoter of the event added, "It is an important step in the process to obtain a professional lacrosse franchise in Montreal. We believe Montreal is the right market to host a successful NLL team. Part of our plan is to establish a long-term grassroots program that includes events such as hosting an international yearly event in partnerships with local communities."

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