The plan to build a new 10,000 seat arena in Laval has sparked speculation that the Hamilton Bulldogs – the Canadiens’ American Hockey League farm club – could call the new $120-million rink their home after it is completed in 2015.
The Laval complex will also feature two other skating rinks, one Olympic-size with 2,500 seats, and another NHL-size sheet of ice with 250 seats.
You can read the report by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell on the new arena and the possibility of the Bulldogs calling it home by clicking here.
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey recently went on a road trip with the Bulldogs to experience first-hand life in the minors. You can read his report by clicking here.
Team Canada will return home from the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia, without a medal after losing the bronze-medal game 6-5 in overtime to Russia on Saturday. The United States won the gold medal with a 3-1 win over Sweden.
For complete coverage of the world junior tournament, click here.
As the NHL lockout drags on, Postmedia News national sports columnist Bruce Arthur writes that without a legitimate “hill to die on” both sides are killing each other. Read his column by clicking here.
Cam Cole, the other national sports columnist for Postmedia News, is hoping that once the lockout ends fans don’t attend the first game of the season to show their frustration and anger with both sides.
Writes Cole: ”… let the owners see what an empty house looks like, for a while. Let the players experience the sound of silence. Don’t weaken. Don’t be in a hurry to go back. Don’t be pathetic. Show them the same contempt they’ve shown for you.”
You can read Cole’s column by clicking here.
Stu Hackel of SI.com writes how the labour talks have turned “toxic”. Read his column by clicking here.