At a groundbreaking event to mark the start of construction of Tour des Canadiens — the condo tower that has become the fastest selling project in the city’s history — the consortium of the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Canderel, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and the Club de hockey Canadien took the opportunity to reveal plans for the new Centennial Plaza, which will be permanently re-instated in the Windsor Courtyard, between Windsor Station and the Bell Centre.
The commemorative monuments of retired jerseys, the plaques describing past Stanley Cup wins, the monolith, the mosaic of Montreal Canadiens’ historical milestones as well as the four bronze statues will be relocated to the new Centennial Plaza in the Windsor Courtyard. In addition, the 12,000 or so bricks purchased by fans will be replaced in their entirety before being re-installed at the forefront of the new Centennial Plaza. The new Centennial Plaza will have a total surface area of over 1,500 square metres.
“By becoming Centennial Plaza brick owners, our fans demonstrated their deep attachment to their team. As a result, they have become an integral part of Centennial Plaza,” said Geoff Molson, president and Chief Executive officer of the Club de hockey Canadien. “It is very important for us as an organization that these symbols take centre stage in what will become a permanent historic site for the Montreal Canadiens.”