No, the Nordiques are no longer, but there will still be NHL hockey in Quebec next year. From October 2-6, the Los Angeles Kings will be at the Videotron Center for training camp and two warm-up games.
Newspaper I learned of the news that will be confirmed this morning during a press conference that team president Luc Robitaille will attend to reveal the details.
We’ve already learned that on Thursday, October 3, the Boston Bruins will be in town for a preseason game against the Kings at Videotron Center.
It may be a great opportunity to welcome the recently retired Patrice Bergeron in his hometown in the presence of his former team, but no information has been leaked in this regard. Right now, the only certainty is that the Bruins, who remain at the top of the Atlantic Division with a hot start, will be there. To see their former leader.
Two days later, on Saturday, October 5, it will be the Florida Panthers’ turn to take the ice against the Kings. The Stanley Cup Finalists also got off to a strong start to the season.
It should also be noted that some courses will be open to the public.
It is difficult at present to explain the raison d’être of the Kings, but the ties between the citizens of Quebec and Robitaille certainly did not hurt. One thing is for sure, hockey fans won’t complain.
After winning two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, the team has seen a decline, but has returned to the playoffs in the last two seasons and continues to progress.
It will also be a chance for fans to spy Quebec forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Philippe Danault, both of whom are up front.
Is this a popular “test” once again to demonstrate Quebec fans’ continued interest in National League hockey? This expression has been overused in the past, although Quebec no longer needs to prove itself in this regard and Gary Bettman has repeatedly said that he has never doubted “the passion of the Quebecois people.”
Regardless, the NHL has not offered a preseason game at the Videotron Center since Sept. 20, 2018, when the Canadiens and Washington Capitals squared off on the ice.
The Kings will make their debut in Quebec. Over the years, several NHL teams have played exhibition games there, but this is the first time a team has been stationed there for part of its training camp.
For the Bruins, he will be a fourth presence. It was the first in a series of Canadian pre-season games in Quebec that began in 2009, then returned in 2016 and 2017.
Furthermore, this game in the fall of 2017 attracted only 9,248 spectators, the lowest attendance yet for an NHL preparatory game in Quebec.
Other teams that have been based in Quebec over time are the Islanders (2010), Lightning (2011), Hurricanes (2013), Avalanche (2002 and 2014), Penguins (2015) and Maple Leafs (2017).
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