While there unfortunately won’t be an NHL franchise in Quebec City next season, and perhaps not for the next few years as the league firms up their expansion plans, the city’s beautiful, brand-spanking new world class arena will house some Bruins/Habs game action next fall. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will revisit their storied NHL rivalry with a preseason game at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City on Oct. 4, 2016, an appropriate setting for a tilt between the two Original Six clubs.
The Canadiens have played nine preseason games in Quebec City since 2009, and the Habs and the Bruins last played there at the legendary Colisee home of the Quebec Nordiques way back in September, 2009. It was a 2-1 win for the Black and Gold with goals from Michael Ryder and Chuck Kobasew while a fresh-faced rookie named Tuukka Rask guided the Bruins to a preseason victory. The rest of the Bruins preseason schedule will be released at some point later on in the offseason, but it’s good to see the Bruins/Habs game return after they didn’t meet during last fall’s exhibition season for the first time in more than 10 years.
Tickets will be available at the Centre Videotron box office starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, or ordered online at www.evenko.ca with tickets starting at $28 (taxes and service fee included).