Quebec health authorities reject Canadiens’ request to increase fan capacity

Quebec health authorities reject Canadiens’ request to increase fan capacity

Quebec health authorities reject Canadiens’ request to increase fan capacity

The Montreal Canadiens requested to increase fan capacity at the Bell Centre for Game 3 of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning from 3,500 fans to what amounted to a half-full.

Since reopening on January 3, 2021, the Canadiens had yet to have any cases of COVID-19 transmitted inside the arena and they were willing to require fans to show proof of vaccination before entering the arena, while masks and social distancing would have remained mandatory.

The Tampa Lightning were approved to allow 18,600 fans into Amalie Arena for Game 2, up from 16,300 for Game 1.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Richard Masse, a strategic medical adviser at the Health Department, said public health is open to the idea of having outdoor screenings of upcoming Canadiens games, which had been suggested by Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante.

Masse told The Globe and Mail that the government wanted to be careful about making exceptions to public health orders because doing so would inevitably lead to other groups demanding similar treatment.

“This is why when we come up with measures, we want to be sure that these measures can be applied elsewhere,” Masse said.

France Margaret Belanger, the hockey team’s executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, said the team believes that 10,500 people – half of the arena’s capacity – can be accommodated safely.

Quebec’s public health authorities have rejected the Montreal Canadiens‘ request to increase capacity at the Bell Centre to 10,500 fans for the Stanley Cup Final.

Montreal Canadiens advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: Habs coach Dominique Ducharme will return for Game 3 at the Bell Centre

Montreal Canadiens advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: Habs coach Dominique Ducharme will return for Game 3 at the Bell Centre

Montreal Canadiens advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: Habs coach Dominique Ducharme will return for Game 3 at the Bell Centre

The Montreal Canadiens interim head coach was tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinal against the Vegas Golden Knights. He will be watching from the same spot when the Montreal Canadiens open their first Stanley Cup series since 1993 on Monday. His full 14-day quarantine will be finished soon and has confirmed that he will be back behind the bench on Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“It’s like looking at your watch too often (and) it looks like time doesn’t go by,” Ducharme said Saturday on a video conference call. “I’m trying to be as busy as I can and watch a lot of video and help the guys get ready.”

Ducharme has been watching the games on TV, but for a coach who like to have regular one-on-one conversations with the players, the separation between him and the players has been a challenge.

“That’s the toughest part,” Ducharme said. “Not being close to the guys or being able to just have a little chat.”

Ducharme speaks with the team virtually and is in contact with his coaches between periods. Their hard work and collaborative effort paid off. The Canadiens eliminated the Vegas and off to their first Stanley Cup final since 1993.

June 24 was Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec, and there was more to celebrate than usual as the Canadiens bring the sport’s Holy Grail by earning a spot in the Stanley Cup Final and ready to bring the cup back home!

The Canadiens will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Stanley Cup Final and their opponent is once again the betting favourite.

“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” Lehkonen said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence.”

“It’s going to be a tough challenge,” Ducharme said. “But in the final, it’s supposed to be that way.

“We’ll be ready to go Game 1.”

“I just can’t wait to come back,” he said. “I’ll appreciate everything after, when we’re done.

“Especially if we win.”

“We want to have our biggest celebration at the end.”

The Montreal Canadiens made a request to increase capacity during home games at the Bell Centre

The Montreal Canadiens made a request to increase capacity during home games at the Bell Centre

The Montreal Canadiens made a request to increase capacity during home games at the Bell Centre

On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens will be playing against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights were allowed to host at full capacity since Thursday night and they had 18,149 fans attended the series-clinching win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Reported by CBC, the Montreal Canadiens have made a request to increase capacity during the home games at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens will host the Golden Knights for Games 3 and 4 of its Stanley Cup semifinal series on June 18 and 20.

Quebec has permitted 2,500 fans at the Bell Centre since Game 6 against Toronto Maple Leafs. It said in an emailed statement Friday the request is being analyzed and no timetable was given for when a decision might come.

A spokesman for the hockey club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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For a first this year in Canada, public health officials in Quebec allowed 2,500 spectators inside Montreal’s Bell Centre on Saturday, with some spending five-figure sums to watch the Habs cling to survival with an overtime Game 6 win.

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