Sunday, 5 May 2013

Is the Montreal Bell Centre cursed?

The Bell Centre was opened with much fanfare back on March 16, 1996.  But in 17 years, the Canadiens have yet to win a Stanley Cup in their new home.  The Canadiens last Stanley Cup came 20 years ago at the Montreal Forum back in 1993.

Lack of Championship notoriety at the Bell Centre notwithstanding, the home of the Montreal Canadiens has witnessed more than its fair share of horrific on ice injuries.  Some even career threatening.  

With the latest injury sustained by the Canadiens Lars Eller being hit to the head by Ottawa Senators Eric Grba this past week, I have complied a list of major injuries over the years that occurred at the Bell Centre.

January 20, 2000: Trent McLeary troat injury

April 25, 2002: Richard Zednick hit by Kyle McLaren (Boston Bruins)

April 26, 2006: Saku Koivi hit in the eye by Justin Williams (Carolina Hurricanes)

November 13, 2010: Andrei Markov Injury

March 8 2011: Max Pacioretty destroyed by Zedeno Chara (Boston Bruins)

November 9, 2012: Blake Geoffrion suffers skull injury in AHL game at the Bell Centre by Jean-Philippe Cote. 

Blake Geoffrion has yet to return to skating and might never play professional hockey again.

May 2nd 2012:  Lars Eller; huge hit by Eric Gryba (Ottawa Senators)

There were two others which I couldn;t find online but they were Donald Audette's hand injury ending his career.  And Robert Lang's injury sustained during the Canadiens Centenniel season.

Special thanks to And-o from the Message Board for pointing out three omissions from my original post.

Mario Perrazzino

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