October 18, 2013 — In Canada, hockey is always front-page news—even in the heat of summer. So when the puck drops on the new season in October, it’s as if life itself has been restored—especially in Montréal.
Winners of 24 Stanley Cups—the championship trophy awarded by the National Hockey League—the Montréal Canadiens are one of the most storied franchises in all of pro sports, and their fans are among the most passionate.
An unofficial symbol of the city, the Canadiens’ logo is proudly displayed on countless bumper stickers, hats, jerseys and flags across Montréal. Whatever differences Montréalers may have, they come together to support their hockey team. Home games, which are played at the Bell Centre, are often sold out, but the atmosphere at local sports bars is so intense you’ll think you’re sitting at centre ice.
Over the years, many of the players who revolutionized the sport of hockey have worn “Habs” jerseys. From the likes of speedy goal scorers such as Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Guy Lafleur to rock-solid goalkeepers like Jacques Plante and Patrick Roy, numerous Canadiens have left a permanent mark on the game. Located at the Bell Centre, the Montréal Canadiens’ Hall of Fame tells the history of the team and its great players through a collection of images, objects and interactive elements. For anyone with an interest in hockey, it is a must-see.