Alléluia! Le hockey est de retour. 🙌
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 10, 2019
One of the many great lines from former Montreal Gazette sports columnist Michael Farber is this one: “Only two institutions in Western civilization truly grasp ceremony: the House of Windsor and the Montreal Canadiens.”
The Canadiens continued that tradition with their pregame ceremony before Thursday night’s home opener at the Bell Centre against the Detroit Red Wings.
Instead of bringing out a bunch of their Hall of Famers from the past, the Canadiens instead focused on what makes Montreal such a great and unique city today. It was cool and different.
The lights at the Bell Centre dimmed at 6:56 p.m. and the ceremony started with an absolutely beautiful rendition of the song Hallelujah — written by Montrealer Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016 — performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval while some classic photos from the Canadiens’ glory days were superimposed on the ice surface.
From Canadiens continue tradition with impressive opening ceremony by Stu Cowan (Montreal Gazette: October 10, 2019)