Sports are a beautiful thing. No matter what team you're cheering for, no matter the rivalries, and despite the occasional insult towards the other team, there is one thing we can all agree on... there's nothing quite like the energy you feel when you watch sports!
As Canadians, we love hockey. Even if you’re cheering for the other team, hockey, like many sports, brings people together! From the moment that you put on your favourite player’s jersey and begin your pre-game ritual to the minute where the puck drops, game days are the best days.
It just doesn’t get much better than that right? Well…
There’s a new Habs themed game that is going to make your pre-games a lot more entertaining!
Chatbet is a daily fantasy sport game on Facebook messenger that is going to have you hooked from the moment you play. The way it works is that before every game day, Chatbet texts registered users and asks them to select a lineup of 3 players in via Facebook Messenger. During the game, players score points on the performance of their line up. This includes goals, assists, shots and blocked shots.
You can compete with your friends (nothing wrong with a little friendly competition) and Habs fans alike on a bi-weekly leaderboard. But hold up, this game isn’t just for the love of the game. Every 2 weeks, the winner of the general leaderboard wins a prize. Amazon gift cards anyone? Sign me up!
The game is super accessible, all you need is Facebook and Facebook Messenger! It just takes 15 seconds to sign up and 5 seconds to participate on every game day. Chatbet is a bot that’s powered by artificial intelligence so it does everything else for you. All you gotta do is sit back and enjoy the game!
This is officially going to be part of your pre-game ritual!
So, invite your friends and sign up to Chatbet just in time for the next game day and don't forget to check out their Facebook page too!
Holding up a sign that read "Hey Caulfied 22 & Suzuki 14 let's make a trade. Puck for a pack of Tic Tacs," a young fan got the thrill of their lives. Suzuki noticed the sign and went over to the fan and made the transaction.
The adorable moment was posted on the Montreal Canadiens Twitter account.
Suzuki's mom replied to the post and proclaimed that "orange Tic Tacs are my fave!" She suggested to her son that it would be a "good idea" to get her Tic Tacs for her holiday stocking.
With a fresh eight-year, $63-million contract in hand, Suzuki is probably eyeing a much grander gift for his mom but it's nice to see that she still appreciates the simple things in life. For those of you at home, that equals a $7.875 million annual value for that contract.
Suzuki can buy a 12-pack of orange Tic Tacs on Amazon for $11.59 right now. With a cool $7.8 million bucks, Suzuki can buy his mom over 672,000 of those bulk packs, or around 8,064,000 single packs of Tic Tacs.
That's bound to cover more than a few Christmas, eh?
The post says Bergevin tested positive on the morning of November 19 and that he "is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities."
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was confirmed positive for COVID-19 this morning.\n\nHe is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities.
The Canadiens, who have been on a four-game losing streak, will have to contend without their general manager as he recovers from the virus.
It's been a tough season all around for the Habs so far. Several key players have gone down with injuries, hindering progress as the season grinds along.
Bergevin is in the last season of his contract with the Canadiens and his future as the general manager still remains in doubt. There has been no word of renewing his contract with the team.
Bergevin has been GM of the Habs for the past nine seasons.
This isn't the first time the team has had a brush with COVID-19. During the playoffs, last season, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme was away from the team for 14 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Habs forward Joel Armia was also sidelined under the NHL's COVID-19 protocol for a Stanley Cup Final game.
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Quebec Premier François Legault wasn't looking for a negative reaction when he announced his hockey plan, which plays directly to one of the province's passions, but that's exactly what he got.
Late Thursday afternoon, Legault announced the creation of the Comité québécois sur le développement du hockey, a committee that will aim to "restore our national sport to its former glory, to instil a love of hockey in young people and to properly develop Quebec talent in a positive and safe environment," according to the premier.
But Legault is being dragged over his plan that some have called a "populist" distraction from more important issues.
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Allan Walsh, a well-regarded hockey agent who represents several Quebec-born players like Jonathan Drouin and Marc-André Fleury, took to Twitter to comment that growing hockey in Quebec is "not rocket science."
"Start with developing players at the QMJHL level instead of exploiting them. There [are] a few teams that do a great job, the majority will do anything to maximize profits to the detriment of players' futures."
Somebody may want to tell Legault and Plante that Belzile and Ouellet are in the lineup tonight, so a provincewide cataclysm as been averted and they can get back to that pesky little pandemic that's killed thousands of the same people they want to see on the hockey team so badly
The committee is tasked with addressing several major issues — including athlete development, the development of women's hockey, coaching, accessibility, safety and integrity — with a final report due on March 31, 2022.
For now, though, it's mostly rhetoric. In a statement, Legault exclaimed that hockey "is part of our identity, our pride and also part of the pleasures of life."
"This is how we are going to become a breeding ground for talent again. This is how Quebec will once again become a powerhouse in hockey."
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Several more people criticized Legault for announcing this plan while his administration is in the middle of an inquest into the number of deaths during the peak of the pandemic at the province's CHSLDs. Over 4,000 elderly people died in CHSLDs during the first wave of COVID-19.
"When will you have a conference to explain your catastrophic management of CHSLDs?" inquired one Twitter user.
The premier was mum on that issue during his hockey press conference.
Kuei , je ne comprends pas pourquoi qu\u2019il n\u2019y a pas une personne issue des 1ers nations au comite . Il y a des experts autochtones qui ont jou\u00e9s dans la LHJMQ et LNH et vous savez qu\u2019il y a eu du racisme au hockey dans les arenas au Qc.
In a press conference on November 18, Premier Legault announced that the government set up a committee dedicated to boosting the number of Quebecers in the National Hockey League as well as getting more youth involved in the sport.
A press release explains that the committee aims to "restore our national sport to its former glory, to instill a love of hockey in young people and to properly develop Quebec talent in a positive and safe environment."
"Hockey is our national sport. It is part of our identity, our pride and also part of the pleasures of life. With the creation of a committee of experts to revive the development of hockey, I hope that we will see the renaissance of Quebec hockey. This is how we will become a breeding ground for talent again. That's how Quebec will become a hockey powerhouse again," Premier Legault said in a statement.
This isn't Legault's first time speaking publicly on this subject. In October, he tweeted a photo of himself with the general manager of Hockey Quebec, stating, "We discussed ways to have more Quebec players in the NHL."
Le Comité québécois sur le développement du hockey, as the committee is being called, consists of 15 people, including the committee leader, Marc Denis, a former NHL goalie who's "actively involved in the sport in Quebec," according to the press release.
It also includes women hockey players who the press release says will "identify issues related to the development of women's hockey."
The committee is set to address everything from athlete development structure to player coaching, educational success, accessibility to the sport, safety and integrity, and more.
A final report from the committee is expected to be submitted on March 31, 2022.