The Bell Centre Montreal (previously known as the Molson Centre) is a sports arena most notable for being the home of the legendary Montreal Canadiens. The team moved to the Bell Center in March of 1996. Formerly, they played at the Montreal Forum. It is worth noting that the last time they played in the Forum (1992-93 Season), they won their 24th Stanley Cup, a record unmatched by any other team in the entire National Hockey League.
The venue is located in Downtown Montreal at the corner of Rue de la Montagne and Avenue des Canadiens-des-Montreal. You can get to Montreal Canadiens hockey games from all over the city using the metro system and the Greater Montreal commuter trains. The Bell Center is also conveniently located nearby a wide selection of restaurants, bars, clubs, and cafes. You can easily make a full day or night out of a trip to see one of the exciting Montreal Canadiens hockey games, whether you have the family and kids along, or are hanging out with friends.
To say that hockey is the favorite sports pastime in Montreal would be a resounding understatement, and the Montreal Canadiens are the darlings to be sure. Everything about the history of the franchise speaks to its proud legacy. This member team of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL was founded in 1909, making them the oldest team in the NHL and the only team in the league that actually predates its formation. The Montreal Canadiens are referred to as one of the “Original Six” teams in the NHL, a moniker that describes the six franchises that were in the NHL between 1942 until the time the league expanded in 1967. The other five teams in the Original Six are the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even in the company of such distinguished franchises as these, the Montreal Canadiens hold far more records and can boast a substantially more illustrious history than the rest.
The Bell Centre Montreal is as popular a destination as it is largely because of the huge success of the hockey team itself, even though the squad has not won a Stanley Cup since winning their 24th in 1993. In fact, no other Canadian team has taken home the coveted Cup since then. Nonetheless, the Bell Centre Montreal remains a highly popular attraction in the city, along with others like the Montreal Biodome and Place des Arts, and regularly sells out home games. After a history and long line of tradition like the Montreal Canadiens have, you tend to recruit loyal fans.
Going to Montreal Canadiens hockey games can be a very rewarding experience, both for seasoned hockey fans as well as novices to the sport. If you are well versed in the rules and are a fan of the NHL, you will relish the opportunity to see one of the league’s legendary teams in their home venue. If you are new to the game, it is hard to imagine picking a more exciting environment to witness your first professional hockey match.
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