After a fantastic weekend spent enjoying the old charms of Quebec City, students had the opportunity to take an exciting part of Canadian culture- Hockey. What better way to savour the country’s most cherished sport than by attending a pre-season NHL game between the Stanley Cup Champions-the Boston Bruins and the beloved home team- the Montreal Canadiens. The two teams last met in a dramatic best of seven series during last spring’s playoffs that ended in that ended shortly into overtime as Boston won a a nail biteing, suspense-filled game seven that Montreal managed to tie in the final moment of the third period. As members of the NHL’s original six teams, Boston and Montreal have a fierce rivalry owed to decades upon decades of playoff battles within the Eastern Conference. Even in the absence of noble opponents such as the Boston Bruins, Montreal’s home ice- the Bell Centre, generally reaches capacity of nearly 24 thousand spectators who bring European soccer fan styled energy which gives the arena the reputation as the loudest amongst the leagues thirty teams. This fanaticism is owed to the fact that the first ever hockey game was played as little as three miles away so it is no wonder that even local kindergarten students can recite the teams roster. Montrealers can only wonder how the city would react if they were to finally win back the Stanley Cup since their last title back in 1993. All in all, a great time was had by all at an experience that tops the Montreal bucketlist.
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