Pro sports round-up: Montréal scores big in 2017

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Montrealers are fortunate for nearly innumerable causes. The skilled sports activities followers amongst us, nevertheless, are particularly blessed in that there’s by no means some extent within the calendar yr when there isn’t a Montréal staff to cheer on – be it the Montréal Canadiens, Alouettes or Impression – or another main sporting occasion happening. The next is a round-up of a few of the can’t-miss biggies.

We’ll kick issues off with the Nationwide Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French phrase “habitants”) as a result of they’re all the time the most important sports activities story on the town right now of the yr as we head into the ultimate stretch of the common season. As regular, expectations are excessive for a workforce that’s within the fifth yr of a rebuilding plan beneath well-respected Common Supervisor Marc Bergevin. With a string of wins underneath new coach Claude Julien, the “bleu, blanc et rouge” are shifting in the best course as they strategy the playoffs. The common season wraps up April 9 (The Habs’ remaining house recreation is towards Tampa Bay, April, on the Bell Centre), and playoff tix shall be obtainable here.

AlouettesMontrealers looove their pigskin, and anticipation all the time runs excessive for the season begin of our Canadian Soccer League Montréal Alouettes (or “Als”). Residence area Percival-Molson Stadium, nestled into the aspect of Mount Royal, supplies for a dramatic setting full with scenic views of the town. However the enjoyable isn’t solely on the sector. Earlier than every residence recreation, ticket holders are invited to the Alouettes’ tailgate social gathering, that includes barbecues provided at no cost by the Als (it’s deliver your personal meals). A flurry, nay, a storm of low season signings will make for an thrilling, new-look staff on the gridiron this yr. The Alouettes open the season at residence, June 22, towards the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which can see new Al’s quarterback Darian Durant squaring off towards his former teammates. Tickets are on sale now.

Stade_OlympiqueAlthough Montrealers might have misplaced their beloved Montréal Expos (“Nos Amours,” as they have been affectionately referred to as), they’ve by no means misplaced their love of the sport of baseball. Fairly the other: annual Main League Baseball exhibition video games performed at Olympic Stadium often appeal to upwards of 50,000 diehard ball followers (invariably fuelling hopes that America’s favorite pastime will as soon as once more make its return to the town). This yr’s pre-season matchup options the Toronto Blue Jays taking over the Pittsburgh Pirates in back-to-back video games, March 31 and April 1. Tickets can be found here.

ImpactMontréal’s Main League Soccer workforce, the Montréal Impact, performed yet one more historic season in 2016, going to the Japanese Convention last for the primary time within the membership’s historical past. Although they ultimately misplaced to rivals Toronto FC within the high-scoring, two-game residence and away collection, over 61,000 Impression followers packed Montréal’s Olympic Stadium for the competition, consolidating soccer’s place on the town’s sports activities stage. This yr’s staff is essentially unchanged from the one which completed 2016, and its this seasoned group that may lead the cost towards defending champions the Seattle Sounders on the Influence’s house opener, March 11, at Olympic Stadium. The subsequent residence recreation might be towards Atlanta on the outside Stade Saputo, April 15. Greatest to purchase your tickets prematurely.

CoupeRogers-Foule-625x400And “courtroom” can be in session when the easiest in males’s tennis return to put down the regulation on the Rogers Cup in Montréal this summer time, one of the crucial anticipated occasions on the town’s skilled sports activities calendar (attendance up to now has topped 200,000). Expectations are excessive that the greats can be out in drive this yr: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in addition to the subsequent era of males’s tennis stars within the type of Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios. All of the motion will get served up at Uniprix Stadium, Aug. Four-13, and tickets could be discovered here.

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