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Canadiens management disappointed with Public Health decision


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Jeff Drouin
December 18, 2021  (8:34 PM)
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Public Health asked the Montreal Canadiens this week to play their game against the Flyers behind closed doors. The organization had no choice but to comply with this recommendation because of the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19.

Many fans were extremely disappointed to learn of this decision, which was made just hours before the game. The Habs put on a great performance with a 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia.
The Canadiens' President of Sports and Entertainment, France Margaret Bélanger, said today that the decision was a difficult one to make.
"We were extremely disappointed. We are very sorry that our fans had to go through this."
She also wanted to reassure fans by mentioning that the next games played at the Bell Centre will not be played behind closed doors.
"We have been assured by the government that our games will be played at 50% capacity as is the case in Ontario right now."
As for the draft held in Montreal, it should be remembered that it could not be held in the province last year because of the health crisis. Also scheduled to be held at the Bell Centre next summer, Margaret Bélanger cannot confirm that it will take place.
"It's a long way off. The draft is on July 7 and 8. We are hopeful. There will be ups and downs, for sure. With the new variant, it's very unpredictable right now and it's lightning fast in terms of transmission. But we're very hopeful that come July, we'll be here and welcome everyone."
With the cases mounting in the NHL, let's hope we have an 82-game season. For now, a break in activities is looking more and more obvious.
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