The Montreal Canadiens played Thursday night’s game in an empty Bell Centre Arena after ticket buyers were told to stay home. The news came after a rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Quebec and growing concerns about the Omicron variant. The status of Saturday’s scheduled game against the Boston Bruins will be announced on Friday.
The news release read “faced with the spiraling rise of COVID-19 cases in the region, late this afternoon the Montreal Canadiens organization received a request from Quebec public health officials to host tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers in a closed setting with no fans in attendance at the Bell Centre,”
Ticketholders were told through social media that they will be reimbursed for their tickets, and holders of season’s tickets will be returned the amount for the game in account credit. Fans posting on Twitter had mixed reactions as some were upset and others understood the reason. Executive in the team organization France Margaret Bélanger said he is hoping for better news in January.
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