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NHL Face-off 2013 in Montreal: Kings of Leon, Loco Locass, The Beaches, Chef Chuck Hughes and more

For the thousands of hockey fans who couldn’t get their hands on tickets to the season opener between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL hosted a special event at Place des Festivals. The 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off brought Grammy award-winning band Kings of Leon for a free concert, along with Loco Locass and The Beaches. The weather was perfect as the game was broadcast on giant screens for the huge crowd, with an energy that only hockey can stir…(Photo by Eva Blue)

SPORTS COME ALIVE IN MONTREAL: CANADIENS, GSP, ROGERS CUP, IMPACT AND MORE

[www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HwHD1-A9Vc] From our beloved and storied hockey franchise the Montreal Canadiens to our surging soccer team the Montreal Impact, from hometown UFC hero Georges St-Pierre to the power and spectacle of the Grand Prix and the thrilling athleticism of the Rogers Cup, Montreal is a year-long destination for sports fans. And if you’re coming to town for the big game and you need a place to stay, we can help with that too.

PHOTO GALLERY: OUTDOOR HOCKEY RINKS IN MONTREAL

While the Montreal Canadiens may have taken their sweet time getting on the ice this winter, Montreal’s amateur hockey players haven’t. From hugely popular rinks in the city’s best-known parks to spots tucked neatly away in quiet residential neighbourhoods, if you ice it, they will come…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JANUARY 18-24

The sun is shining, snow is falling and Montreal is hopping: not only is hockey back, but outdoor dance party Igloofest revs its electronic-music engines, the Snow Village beckons, a Dali-inspired circus delights, as do musicals, film, dance shows, interactive art and city sights…

GAME ON HABS: PREVIEW OF THE 2013 MONTREAL CANADIENS

It’s not at all surprising that the most storied franchise in the NHL would commence the truncated, 48-game, post-lockout hockey season riding a rising tide of fresh narratives. Life in Habs land, for better or worse, is never boring, and this year’s version of the Montreal Canadiens look like they won’t disappoint…

10 GREAT MONTREAL CANADIENS GIFS

Hockey is back! The Montreal Canadiens will play their first home game of the shortened 2013 season against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, January 19. Here are Ten Montreal Canadiens Gifs to get you hyped up and ready for a good old hockey game…

TOP 10 MONTREAL RESTAURANTS FOR WATCHING THE HOCKEY GAME

Hockey is more than just a sport of fighting goons, a fast puck and guys skating with a stick. Hockey is a culture, a lover and a religion to Montreal Canadiens fans. We talk hockey, we breathe hockey and we eat hockey…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 21-24)

The only thing on many Montrealers’ minds this weekend involves a sheet of ice, a bunch of guys with sticks and a fervent belief in the second coming of our beloved Habs. I don’t know if hockey playoffs can or should usurp Easter, but I do know that neither should occupy a whole weekend, right? How to fill the rest of your time? Musical public art? Cowboys and clowns? Buffy sing-alongs? Live rock shows? All this and more. And some hockey…

Top 10 places to watch Habs games

[Updated January 18, 2016] Montréal’s collective obsession with hockey, and their beloved Montréal Canadiens, borders on mania. Consider this your initiation into the anthropologically rich world of Montréal hockey fandom. These are the Montréal sports bars where the hardcore fans go… Taverne Normand is a favourite local Plateau Mont-Royal haunt, with a raucous but cozy feel, where sport is king (“Là ou le sport est Roi”), emotions are encouraged to go unchecked, and every game feels like a playoff game. Be sure to get there early for a table. (1550 Du Mont-Royal Avenue East, 514 525-8748) Chez Serge in the Mile End offers hipster denizens a way to avoid sacrificing clubbing over hockey, marrying the two. During ads and intermissions, it’s all DJ tunes, light shows and dancing on the bar. Oh, and don’t miss the TV on the men’s washroom ceiling! (5301 Saint-Lauren Boulevard, 514 270-3262) Champs Bar & Restaurant is a classic sports bar located on Saint-Laurent that’s as packed with customers as it is with sports paraphernalia. There’s a big hall with banquet tables on the top floor, so you can bring your team. (3956 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, 514 987-6444) Forum Sports Bar is located in the reimagined former home of… / Read More →

THE MONTREAL CANADIENS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is a great organization that has donated over $10 million to help children across Quebec. When we heard they were holding a charity hockey game at the Bell Centre just before the Habs started their 2011 playoff run, we got pretty excited…