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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 →

The Great Canadian Hockey Rivalry #MTLvsOTT

Nothing says spring like Stanley Cup fever! Tonight, the Montréal Canadiens go head-to-head against the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. To mark the start of the battle for hockey’s Holy Grail, Tourisme Montréal and Ottawa Tourism are throwing down the gauntlet in a friendly Habs versus Sens wager. Here’s the deal: Whichever city loses this round has to send a “congratulations” gift of local gourmet goodies to the winning city’s tourism bureau. In the same spirit as the bet between Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, the wager is a fun way for each tourism board to show their pride in their team and in their city. Check out the action on Twitter by following #MTLvsOTT as Ottawa Tourism (@Ottawa_Tourism) and Tourisme Montréal (@Montreal) cheer on their respective teams. Go Habs Go!

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…

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)

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…

HOCKEY: HABS 101

Let’s just get right to the point: the Montreal Canadiens‘ 2010-2011 hockey season has begun. If you live in Montreal, you know this already. If you’re visiting the city, we’ve put together a quick cheat sheet to help get you caught up…