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Pro sports round-up: Montréal scores big in 2017

Montrealers are lucky for almost innumerable reasons. The professional sports fans among us, however, are especially blessed in that there’s never a point in the calendar year when there isn’t a Montréal team to cheer on – be it the Montréal Canadiens, Alouettes or Impact – or some other major sporting event taking place. The following is a round-up of some of the can’t-miss biggies. We’ll kick things off with the National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French word “habitants”) because they’re always the biggest sports story in town at this time of the year as we head into the final stretch of the regular season. As usual, expectations are high for a team that’s in the fifth year of a rebuilding plan under well-respected General Manager Marc Bergevin. With a string of wins under new coach Claude Julien, the “bleu, blanc et rouge” are moving in the right direction as they approach the playoffs. The regular season wraps up April 9 (The Habs’ final home game is against Tampa Bay, April, at the Bell Centre), and playoff tix will be available here. Montrealers looove their pigskin, and anticipation always runs high for the season start of… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nathan Beaulieu

Montréal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, a strapping young man originally from Strathroy, Ontario, first gained national attention as a member of the bronze medal-winning Canada hockey team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, and today smiles broadly when he recalls how proud he was to represent Canada at the World Juniors. Which is why Beaulieu is thrilled Montréal will host (with Toronto) what promises to be a passionate, action-packed 2017 World Junior Championship beginning on Dec. 26, as well as the medal round on Jan. 5, 2017, at Montréal’s Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens. Fittingly, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League’s founding in Montréal. Job: Montréal Canadiens defenseman Favourite pastime: Golf, fishing Do you have a favourite memory from the 2012 World Junior Championship? The best thing about it was the bunch of guys I played with. It’s cool now playing some of them in the NHL. Canada is always a favourite going into that tournament, so not playing for the gold medal was a bittersweet ending. But coming home with a medal was something special. What is it about the World Junior Championship that makes it exciting for you? In Canada, Christmas is… / Read More →

Where to watch the 2013 Montreal Canadiens

The lore of sports, to the true believer, is as compelling as the game itself: hockey fans in particular love a story, and fortunately for fans of the Montreal Canadiens (or the “Habs”) the team is not short on attention-getting narratives…