Should the Rays move to Montreal?
Just how much is the return of major league baseball worth to Montrealers? Nothing — according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The group has put up a giant billboard outside Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, warning that "Montréal won't pay for your new stadium."
The team has floated the idea of splitting its season between Florida and Quebec. The Rays president even announced — and then abruptly cancelled — plans to put up a new Montreal-Tampa graphic in their outfield.
The Taxpayers Federation has moved quickly to make its position clear, taking aim at businessman Stephen Bronfman's reported attempt to court Quebec lawmakers for public funds to construct a new field.
In a statement, the Federation's Quebec director, Renaud Brossard said "the Rays are welcome to play in Montreal, but Quebec taxpayers aren't going to pay for a new stadium."
"Quebec's economic recovery is fragile, our health-care system is struggling and this is the most heavily taxed jurisdiction in North America," he continued.
"Quebec taxpayers can't pay for another stadium for a part-time baseball team."
The Federation cited a poll by Léger for the Journal in which 60% of respondents said they were opposed to public investment in a new baseball stadium.
"Here's the reality," Brossard said, "a new ballpark ranks way below fixing roads, supporting hospitals and reducing the heavy tax burden on struggling families."
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Hockey season is officially here, and for Montreal Canadiens fans, that amounts to a whole lot of happiness.
After a season (and then some) of cheering on their team from afar, Habs fans are eager to finally experience the thrill of watching the Canadiens like they used to — in bars, with friends and, most of all, at the Bell Centre.
With Habs fans being renowned for their passion and excitement, it's no surprise that Molson Export, the official beer of the Montreal Canadiens, wants to kick off the season in high gear.
That's why Molson Export is giving Montrealers even more reason to celebrate this hockey season with the Molson Hall of Fan: a shrine to celebrate hockey's real MVPs — the fans — right inside the arena itself.
Chosen nominees will have their names featured on a banner in the Bell Centre's Molson Ex Zone, enshrining their passion and commitment to the Habs. Just imagine being front-and-centre with your name among fellow fans proudly on display. It'll be an unforgettable moment!
Those selected for the Molson Hall of Fan will also receive a special delivery from Montreal Canadiens alumni to announce their induction. Plus, selectees will get to view the game from a specialty suite on the night of the official induction ceremony. Talk about a total package.
Whether you're a season-ticket holder or attending your very first game, you have the chance to be inducted into the Molson Hall of Fan. All you have to do is tell Molson why you deserve it.
To apply to the Molson Hall of Fan, follow the instructions on the official website. If you're chosen, your passion for the Habs will be displayed in the Bell Centre for everyone to see — yet another reason to get hyped for the 2021 Habs hockey season.
To learn more about how you can be inducted in the Molson Hall of Fan, visit Molson Export's website or follow Molson Export on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
How do you feel about the return of KK?
Jesperi Kotkaniemi is back in Montreal for the first time since his dramatic summer exodus to Carolina to face the Montreal Canadiens and this kind of feels like seeing the ex you're still in love with.
And while there probably won't be any bad blood between the players, the fans could definitely have a thing or two to say.
According to reports, Kotkaniemi is happy in his new city and new team. Joining another three Finnish compatriots in North Carolina, KK is apparently feeling right at home away from the bright lights of Montreal.
There's no doubt that living in Raleigh is definitely a change from living in hockey-mad Montreal. In a state where NCAA basketball is (apparently) bigger than the NHL, it must be nice for a professional hockey player to be able to live in relative anonymity and focus on just playing the game.
The Habs will host the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST.
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Acting like a bunch of elementary school kids.
And, according to tweets from the team, it looks like the young players took advantage of the waiting time to annoy each other.
Lehky qui achale toujours Gally. Lehky making fun of Gally, as usual. #GoHabsGo https://t.co/lFnFEsFicC— Canadiens Montréal (@Canadiens Montréal) 1634571615.0
Forward Artturi Lehkonen, 26, couldn't hold still and took the opportunity to tease teammate Gallagher, as said by the team on Twitter.
The ultimate "class act" continued his banter with his sidekick Jake Evans, 25, to tease young Nick Suzuki by stroking his hair, while Josh Anderson and Ben Chiarot watched in amusement.
Spending so much time together, the Habs players have clearly developed a nice bond with each other. Hopefully this bond is going to be felt on the ice this year.
2019 — is that you?
Remember 2019? When you could be surrounded by people in venues and not have a worry in the world. Well, on Saturday, October 16, the Bell Centre was finally able to be at full capacity for a Montreal Canadiens home game again and it was giving off major 2019 vibes.
For the first time in 585 days, the Habs were able to play in front of a full crowd and the team said it was "worth the wait." In case you couldn't make it in person, here are some visuals of what the night looked like.
Naturally, the arena was filled with fans wearing red jerseys in support of their favourite team.
First Opening Night intro to a full Bell Centre crowd 🥺🙌 @tytoff16 https://t.co/8XcrYnR9Nk— Cat (Belanger) Toffoli (@Cat (Belanger) Toffoli) 1634503424.0
At full capacity, the Bell Centre can seat a total of 21,302 fans. And by the looks of the footage, it was definitely a pretty full house on Saturday.
O Canada being sung in a packed Bell Centre... Did we ever miss you.❤️ #NHLonSN | #HockeyNight https://t.co/xgHFYJgmua— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) 1634427136.0
Although the Habs may have lost their first home game 3-1 to the New York Rangers, the energy was definitely still there.
This is the view we’ve missed for 585 days. #Habs in a full Bell Centre. https://t.co/QZGh5I2Yav— John Lu (@John Lu) 1634426831.0
All kinds of videos were shared on Twitter where you can hear Montreal Canadiens fans chanting and cheering for the team.
See the video!
Shortly after his goal, praise poured in for the lad who took voluntary time off last season for mental health reasons. No matter their allegiances, pretty much everyone was happy for Drouin.
BON RETOUR, JO!!! #GoHabsGo https://t.co/XRgEocubuA— Canadiens Montréal (@Canadiens Montréal) 1634168117.0
Drouin made no mistake on the play, picking up a crisp pass from a surging Josh Anderson and cooly snapping it in the back of the net.
The emotions were obvious and it seemed as if Drouin finally shrugged the weight of expectation off his shoulders and was enjoying playing hockey again.
"It was a nice relief to get a goal [...] for me it was nice to get one, but I wish we got the two points instead," Drouin said in the post-game interview.
"My head's clearer, I'm more in the game, I'm more focused [...] going to the rink was a completely different experience for me than the past couple of years," he continued.
When’s the last time we’ve seen Jonathan Drouin so happy?! What an awesome sight! #gohabsgo— Habs Tonight (@Habs Tonight) 1634168264.0
Drouin's agent, Allan Walsh, said that he "shed a tear" after watching his client score the opening goal in the opening game of the season.
There's no rest for the wicked as Drouin and the Habs are back in action on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. EST.