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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Draws Criticism After Cancelling Fan Watch Party

During a disappointing season for the Canadiens, fans were looking forward to one final hurrah as the season came to a close. Unfortunately, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had other plans.

Three of Montreal’s most popular fan platforms—Habs Eyes on the Prize, GAME OVER: Montreal, and HabsFanTV—had set up on one massive watch party for the Canadiens’ game against the Maple Leafs.
A raffle with incredible prizes, such as a reverse retro jersey autographed by the entire Canadiens team, was planned for the event.

The event, which was set to take place at the Cage Aux Sports restaurant next to the Bell Centre, promised to be a festive occasion for all Canadiens fans.

Regrettably, the NHL intervened and cancelled the event, claiming that large-scale watch parties (which required a small entrance fee) violated league rules.

“The NHL shut it down through La Cage; there’s not enough time to figure out a way of modifying the event to the NHL’s satisfaction in order to hold the event.”

While ticket holders were compensated, the excitement and anticipation generated by the event is irreplaceable.

The league’s decision was truly disappointing.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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