The Globe and Mail reports that the Montreal Canadiens will play host to the Washington Capitals at Olympic Stadium. The 2009-10 NHL schedule doesn't officially come out until tomorrow.
You've got to wonder if this is such a good idea. Ovechkin vs. hockey's greatest franchise during their centennial is a financial jackpot for the league, but the crowd in the Bell Centre is loud enough. Does one honestly think that the financial and structural disaster from the 1976 Olympics is a safe bet to house 50,000 screaming hockey fans?
I recalled the chunk of concrete breaking off in '94 and the fire in the tower during a Montreal Expos game in '86, but Robert Lefebvre from Habs Eyes on the Prize dug up a list of several other structural problems and incidents that the stadium has faced since its first use.
Now, if a piece of concrete took out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, many fans would see it as the greatest day in NHL history.
Personally, seeing Youppi under a steel beam wouldn't be so bad for me. I never liked that little orange fuzzbNoceall, even with the Expos.
Above is Montreal's Olympic Stadium with its permanent roof. The retractable one failed.