A new reality TV show is hitting the rink this winter in Canada. The legendary ice hockey rivalry between Montreal and Quebec City that once made headlines all over the province has been revived through a reality TV show.
Over 10,000 participants registered and only 32 of them were selected by both teams. None of these players have ever signed a professional contract.
The head coaches, Guy Carbonneau for Montreal and Michel Bergeron for Quebec City, are now engaged in a fierce battle for the next eight weeks. Both of these coaches are immensely popular in the province of Quebec and add to the credibility of the series.
The format is pretty simple: Both teams will play each other eight times, once every Sunday.
The winners will earn the bragging rights.
Last Sunday was the first game of the series. The atmosphere was electric in a sold out Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
Quebec City started the scoring early into the first period when Bruno Richard pounced on a rebound from Montreal's goaltender.
Montreal took the initiative after this early goal by Quebec City but had to deal with goaltender Julien Walsh, who was excellent in net for Quebec.
Franco Subrani finally put one behind Walsh in the second period, tying the score for Montreal.
Guillaume Rochon scored the go-ahead goal for Montreal during the third period, and Sabrina Harbec, the revelation of this first game, cemented Montreal's lead halfway into the last frame.
Philippe Gauvin reduced Montreal's lead back to a single goal, but Subrani scored his second goal of the match late in the game to confirm Montreal's first victory.
Final score: Montreal 4, Quebec 2. Montreal leads the series 1-0.
Game Two will be played in Montreal at the Verdun auditorium on Sunday, February 7.