25 May, 1995 the city of Québec wakes up to a devasting news; their beloved Nordiques have been sold to an American group of investors who will be moving the team to Denver, Colorado. Marcel Aubut had said time and time again that without a new arena, he would have to sell the team to whoever offered the most money as it was unable to survive in its small market without generating more revenues. Everyone had heard those words of warning but no one really believed them...until it was too late. Now, over 15 years later, Québec still suffers. Québec who loves its Remparts so much that 12,000 people turn up to cheer on the QHJML players, Québec the only province in which a reality show about hockey is aired and for which 15,000 local people turn up to watch 28 amateur players battle it out for pride. But today, the hockey mad city was given a glimmer of hope...
One week after the start of the season there are many surprises around the NHL; the fact that the Maple Leafs are 4-0 and sitting pretty at the top of the standings (who would have predicted that?), Martin Brodeur's play which is far from what it has been in the past and the fact that the Devils are not even putting out a fully dressed team every night (thank you Kovalchuk). If you are a Montreal Canadiens' fan though the biggest surprise for you might very well be Andrei Kostitsyn's performance.
Everybody makes mistakes that is a fact of life, nobody's perfect. However, acknowledging our mistakes and fixing them can get us closer to perfection. Imagine that you made a big (well two big mistakes) mistake some 15 years ago and that everywhere you went, people were asking you about that mistake, how would you feel? How would you feel if 60,000 people were asking you at the same time? Hard to imagine isn't it? To get the answer we'd have to ask NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
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