Extraordinary Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team Plays at SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Ice Arena on Sunday, March 3

Local HabNots Hockey Team Features Five SUNY Potsdam Alumni in Game Against Montreal Canadiens Alumni

Potsdam, NY (03/01/2019) — Alumni from the Montreal Canadiens will make a special appearance at the Maxcy Ice Arena for an exhibition game on Sunday, March 3rd at 3 p.m. The former NHL players will square off against a local team, the HabNots, consisting of friends of SUNY Potsdam. Of the 20 local players facing the Canadiens Alumni, five of them are SUNY Potsdam alumni. Two members of the HabNots also work at SUNY Potsdam, including men's hockey coach Chris Bernard who helped to spearhead the exhibition game.

General admission tickets are $20, but fans looking for a more personal experience can also buy VIP tickets for $50, which include a player meet-and-greet with autographs, light appetizers, cash bar and first choice of seats to watch warmups and the game. The VIP reception will take place at 1 p.m. The arena doors open for VIP ticket holders at 2 p.m. followed by general admission at 2:30 p.m.

Both general admission and VIP tickets can be purchased by visiting https://bit.ly/2XgVlNd or by contacting the President's Office at (315) 267-2100. Tickets can also be purchased from local sponsors, HabNots players and on game day at Maxcy Hall!

The full roster of local HabNots hockey players include:

The Canadiens Alumni say Yvon Lambert will coach the squad, to include Stéphane Richer, Chris Nilan, Marc André Bergeron, Richard Sévigny, Oleg Petrov, Patrice Brisbois and Guillaume Latendresse.

Drafted by the Canadiens in 1984, Richer is the youngest and last player in franchise history to have scored 50 goals in a season. His career spanned 17 seasons in the National Hockey League with Montreal, New Jersey and Tampa Bay. He won two Stanley Cups, one with Montreal in 1986 and one with New Jersey in 1995.

Legendary enforcer Nilan, holds the NHL record for most penalties in a single game with 10 in 1991. He played 13 years in the NHL, 10 of which were with the Canadiens. Nilan won the Stanley Cup with the team in 1986. He now makes his home in Montreal where he works as a radio host with TSN 690.

Known for his slapshot, Bergeron had a 10-year career in the NHL with Edmonton, New York, Anaheim, Minnesota, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Carolina. He is currently the director of player development for the Shawinigan Cataracts.

Lambert scored more than 200 goals in his eight seasons in a Canadiens jersey. He spent 10 years in the NHL, including his final two in Buffalo. He was an important player for four Stanley Cup Champion teams (1976-79).

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges-and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit www.potsdam.edu.