With the cancellation of the pre-season games until September 30th and the lack of talks between the NHL and the NHLPA regarding a new CBA, hockey fans are looking at all the options they can to satisfy their hockey craving during the lock-out. Some fans will turn to the KHL and other European leagues where several NHLers have already landed. Others will watch the AHL and the CHL, which both offer quality hockey at affordable prices to the American and Canadian hockey fans.
Well, Thursday will begin the Players’ Tour in Chateaguay, a suburb of Montreal, a project launched by two players of the Philadelphia Flyers, Maxime Talbot and Bruno Gervais. The first game, which will happen at the Chateauguay Multisports Centre, will feature 26 NHL players, including nine Montreal Canadiens players, as well as several players from Quebec.
Tickets will only be sold at the gate for the low price of $20. The exhibition game, which will begin at 7PM, is aiming to collect funds for non-profit foundations, as well as the minor hockey association of the area.
Other dates will be announced every week until the NHL conflict is resolved.
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A long-time Joe Sakic fan, Fred, 35, is a freelance sports writer and translator. Fred earned a Bachelor of Translation in 2002 at Laval University in Quebec City. He also writes on the Montreal Canadiens for HabsAddict.com and he is an associate editor and a baseball columnist on Dobberbaseball.com. He is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.