The Montreal Canadiens: At the Heart of the City

Founded in 1909, the Montreal Canadiens are the city’s oldest and most iconic professional sports team. With hockey’s rich history as a favourite Canadian pastime, the Canadiens have always been an important part of this city. Nicknamed the “Habs” after ‘les habitants’, the original settlers of New France, the people’s passion for hockey is channeled through their hometown team. The team has a rich history as one of the winningest franchises in all of professional sports, and the greatest in hockey with twenty four Stanley Cup wins. Despite a championship drought that has endured since 1993, the team’s fan base continues to grow. The Canadiens’ presence and influence now extends beyond the walls of their arena and the games they play on ice. From steps outside the Bell Center, to the streets of Montreal, the Habs are part of the pulse of the city, integral to its identity. Hockey is a religion in Montreal; the evidence is found throughout a city that proudly displays its passion for the colours of the bleu, blanc et rouge.

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