The NHL had some good news for the City of Montreal on Tuesday

Published February 8, 2022 at 6:08 PM

As reported by RDS, Gary Meagher, the NHL executive VP, Public Relations & Media, confirmed Tuesday that the League is ready to move forward with the draft in Montreal in 2022.

"Yes, as we speak, it looks like we will be able to move forward with our plans for the draft in Montreal, with spectators in the stands."

The lifting of the strict health measures in Quebec would have been a "game changer" in their decision.

The Bell Centre will be able to accommodate 50% of its capacity starting February 27 and 100% starting March 14.

Remember that last Friday, Gary Bettman had mentioned the possibility of changing the location of the event, because of health measures in Quebec.

His words from last Friday:

"Our plan is to hold the draft on-site with fans in the stands at the Bell Centre on July 7 and 8. However, if the current measures are still in place, not only will we not be able to have fans, but I don't think we'll be able to have all the NHL staff and team personnel necessary to hold the draft. We will have to consider another option for the draft other than holding it in Montreal."

However, it appears that he has changed his mind. This bodes well for the city of Montreal.

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