Another Canadian NHL team has formally submitted a proposal to have fans return to the stands this hockey season.
According to TVA Sports reporter Renaud Lavoie, the team in La Belle province has joined the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Quebec Public Health are in talks to bring back fans in the stands at Bell Centre. A plan was sent by the team earlier this week. Part of the plan is to have between 2,000 and 4,000 fans every game. Obviously the Quebec Government has the last say in this, Lavoie tweeted.
The executive vice-president and chief commercial officer of the Canadiens, France Margaret-Bélanger confirmed to Lavoie that discussions are underway.
“We have a great collaboration with the provincial government,” said the member of the organization.
The Oilers recently submitted a proposal for fans to attend games at Rogers Place in the Alberta Capital. And last week, Scotiabank Arena became the first sports and entertainment venue in Canada to receive the WELL health and safety approval.
While an exact timeline for fans returning to Canadian hockey venues remains undetermined, the process has at least begun which is positive for the gate-driven CFL. If fans can come through NHL turn styles prior to the end of the current season, it would mean the three-down league can entertain kicking off sooner than may have been expected.