So last night a major storm passing through the US Midwest caused the postponement of the Blues-Avalanche game, apparently it was the first weather-related postponement in the NHL since 2006.
When RDS announced this as I watched the Habs-Capitals game I actually laughed. I remember turning to my girlfriend and telling her that if that game was to be played anywhere in Canada, it would not have been postponed due to a snow storm. I even went as far as saying that if the Nordiques had stayed in Quebec (where they belong) and played St.Louis, the game would have sold out despite the weather.
What are the odds that after making such bold statements; Montreal would be hit with a big snowstorm on game day? We saw over 30cm of snowfall today. Road conditions were terrible while I was on the road, with visibility nearly reduced to zero.
But Montrealers did not let me down. The game at the Bell Center was sold out, as per usual. Fans in Montreal are so dedicated to the team that the Canadiens lead all NHL clubs in attendance with 21,273 fans per game, with their record sellout streak at Bell Centre extending back to Jan. 8, 2004
I have to thank the fans who braved the deep snow and harsh conditions because they unknowingly proved my point. Schedule a game in Canada and now matter how cold, or how much snow falls upon the city, people will come and it will sell out.
Why? because hockey is Canada’s game.
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