The Montreal Canadiens are one of the most storied franchises in any professional sport. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). “The Habs”, as they are affectionately called by the locals, have won 24 Stanley Cups and have produced legendary players like Guy Lafleur, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. The Habs are Montreal’s most beloved sports team and the team recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2009.
Go Habs, Go!
In Montreal, hockey is a religion! Montreal fans are passionate about their hockey and are very engaged in the game. The Canadiens, who wear red, white and blue colours, are always greeted by the famous chant “Go Habs, go!”. Montreal Canadiens fans expect a lot of their beloved Habs. So the games are always quite lively and entertaining.
The Bell Centre and The Old Forum
The Montreal Canadiens have been playing in the Bell Centre since March 16, 1996. The Bell Centre is the largest arena in the NHL, with a seating capacity of 21,273. Along with hosting the Canadiens, the Bell Centre also hosts special events and concerts. Before moving to the Bell Centre, the Canadiens were playing in the historic Montreal Forum. The Old Forum now contains retail stores and commercial spaces, along with a small tribute to the Canadiens.
The Hottest Tickets in Town
Montreal loves their Habs. Tickets to see the Habs live at the Bell Center are the hottest tickets in town. As a result, the games are often sold out, particularly playoff games or big games. For any home game of the Canadiens, you will find plenty of scalpers trying to sell tickets in front of the Bell Centre.