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Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada Visit Montreal Canadiens

On the morning of September 23, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang left Ottawa for Montreal by special plane, continuing his official visit to Canada. When Premier Li Keqiang and his wife Mme. Cheng Hong arrived at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre and others welcomed them at the airport. Afterwards, with the company of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Premier Li Keqiang visited Centre Bell, home field of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team.

Canada boasts a high reputation for ice and snow events, and has won the gold medals of both men's and women's ice hockey for two consecutive Winter Olympics. Montreal Canadiens, established in 1909, has won the championship for 24 times in National Hockey League games.

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a photo in front of the wall of fame of Montreal Canadiens and listened to the introduction of the team's development. In the break room, two veteran players who have made great contribution to the team's success presented them with two No.1 memorial jerseys printed with their own names. Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put on the jerseys in excitement and said "It fits me well". Li Keqiang said that now that I'm wearing your jersey, I'm an honorary player of Montreal Canadiens. I wish great success of our team in the global championship.

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jointly watched the training performance of young Canadian Chinese ice hockey players. When they went into the ice field, players gathered around them. Premier Li Keqiang affectionately communicated and high-fived with them. He said that ice hockey is a national sport of Canada and Montreal is the hometown of the game. I am glad to catch a glimpse of the athletic demeanor of the team players and have a taste of the unique ice hockey culture.

Afterwards, Li Keqiang and Justin Trudeau served the ball together to start the game. Upon hearing the whistle, young players started to move swiftly on the ice field, competing intensively with great energy. Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded their wonderful movement from time to time while watching the game. Parents of those young players shouted cheerfully at the stand in Chinese to express greetings to Premier Li Keqiang. The ice field may be cold in temperature but is hot in atmosphere.

Premier Li Keqiang noted that the motto of Montreal Canadiens is "No Excuses and Be Winners". We should also make no excuses in China-Canada relations and cooperation and achieve win-win results between the two countries.

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