It looks like Habs owner, Goeff Molson, is looking for more than just the Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classic to get his outdoor NHL hockey fix, and more specifically wants to see the Canadiens playing outside in Montreal as soon as next year.
The last time we saw the Habs play outside was at the 2011 Heritage Classic against the Calgary Flames, with the latter winning 4-0, and while the next Winter Classic is set to be an epic one, with the Canadiens going up against the Boston Bruins, it will be hosted in New England. The NHL has been putting on outdoor games since as far back as 1954, mostly in stadiums in the US, in cities that don't even have snow (California, 2014), but surprisingly enough, Montreal has yet to host one of our own.
Well, this could be a reality as soon as next season, but right now it is a question of location, location, location. The venue needs to be able to accomodate tens of thousands of fans, and ideally requires proximity to a metro station.
In an interview with La Presse, Molson's most obvious choice is currently Parc Jean-Drapeau, but other potential considerations are the Saputo Stadium, the Percival-Molson Stadium, and even the old Hippodrome. The problem with those locations lies in the fact that none of them are near enough to metros.
Mayor Coderre has also expressed interest in seeing an outdoor Habs game happen in Montreal, suggesting the Old Port as a possible site, but admitted that he was leaning toward Parc Jean-Drapeau, and we tend to have to agree with him. Imagine watching the Habs play outdoors, with the St-Laurence River and the Montreal skyline as a backdrop. Real talk, that would be magical, and you know it.
If while watching the 2020-2021 NHL season you couldn't help but wonder where Jonathan Drouin from the Montreal Canadiens was, fans finally got answers.
During an interview with TSN, it was pointed out that Drouin was on the ice during a warm-up on April 23, the last fans saw of him this season.
The Habs player said anxiety and insomnia were key factors in why he didn't play this season.
"I've had anxiety problems for many years, insomnia problems that relate to my anxiety and that week in Calgary where we played three games — missed all three of them — wasn't feeling good," he said.
"That was where you know it hit a wall for me and it was time to step away from the game and literally take a step back from everything and kind of enjoy life — I needed it. It was hard for me to do at that time and obviously, playoffs were coming around. It wasn't an easy thing to do and I'm proud of what I've done and I'm happy I did it," Drouin continued.
"I'm 26 years old so I wanted to do it at that point in my career and feel good for the next years."
"We are very excited to have been chosen by the League to host the draft, which will take place in Montreal for the first time since 2009," France Margaret Bélanger, president, Sports and Entertainment of Groupe CH, said in a press release.
It’s official, the 2022 NHL Draft will take place in Montreal on July 7 and 8!
Groupe CH, the parent company of the Montreal Canadiens, just unveiled its new action plan to bring awareness and education to the community and its employees about sexual cyberviolence.
Titled the "Respect and Consent Action Plan," the plan will tackle "the internal environment of Groupe CH as well as the external and community environment."
In a press release, Montreal Canadiens owner, president, and CEO Geoff Molson said, "we want to ensure that our actions will be part of a concerted approach that will bring about positive changes within our company and in the hockey community."
All employees and hockey operations staff will benefit from training "on respect and consent and sexual cyberviolence in line with our policy of equity, diversity, and inclusion and with the values of our organization," the release said.
The company will also hire women in "key positions" within the hockey operations department.
As for its community initiatives, the Montreal Canadiens will collaborate with aid organizations and the Quebec hockey community at large to develop a "prevention program aimed at young hockey players, as well as the interveners who support them in their practice of the sport."
Financial support will also be given to registered organizations that are committed to preventing and raising awareness about sexual cyberviolence. Groupe CH has also given financial support to an organization that supports victims of sexual violence.
The release of the Respect and Consent Action Plan follows uproar surrounding the Canadiens' draft pick of defenceman Logan Mailloux, who admitted to distributing a pornographic photo of an 18-year-old woman without consent.
At the time of the draft pick, the team said it was "committed to raising awareness among [its] players about the repercussions of their actions on the lives of others."
If you require resources or assistance surrounding sexual assault in Quebec, the CAVAC helpline is available 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-532-2822. Other crisis lines and 24/7 options can be found at The Lifeline Canada.
On October 1, Amazon Prime is coming out with its latest All Or Nothing sports documentary series which will chronicle the 2020-2021 Toronto Maple Leafs season.
And while that's all fine and dandy for the Maple Leafs, some hockey fans have absolutely roasted the Leafs about their new documentary because they've rightfully pointed out that the Leafs end up with, well, nothing.
The memory of the Canadiens' glorious win against their arch-rivals is still fresh in the minds of Habs supporters in Canada and, like some fans have pointed out, it's kind of silly that the Leafs are touting this documentary series when we all know how it ends already.
@PrimeVideoCA @NHL Spoiler Alert : it was 3-1 https://t.co/YWR4bqiwEv