National Hockey League

Canadiens' Jordie Benn loves the feeling of brand-new skates

Defenceman changes skates every two weeks during the regular season and will be wearing new ones Saturday night against Blackhawks.

Jordie Benn was one of 15 players to take part in the Canadiens’ optional morning skate Saturday in Brossard before playing the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., SNE, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio) .

Since the regular season lasts 27 weeks, that would mean about 13 pairs of skates for Benn.

“I haven’t changed mine once this year,” defenceman Victor Mete said about his skates.

“It kind of hurts my feet a little bit breaking them in, so I just try and stay in the same skates all year.”

Rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi said he’ll use two pairs of skates during the season.

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