Canadien Kindness

, , | Hopeless | May 9, 2017

I am a huge fan of the Montreal Canadiens and decided to make the journey to Montreal from where I live in Nova Scotia. Friends that I have aren’t really big into hockey so I, a female, take the trip to the games by myself. My first solo travel. My family are all generally pretty worried as I have a terrible sense of direction and are positive I’ll get lost and they’ll never hear from me again.

For the first two days I am fine; I don’t even use my GPS. I just wander the streets of Montreal and attend a game in the afternoon and check out restaurants, cafes, and bars at night with no issues. Before heading to the game against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday I go out for breakfast and figure I’ll wander around the city for a bit before the game, but get in early so I can have a proper look around the Bell Centre without too many people there.

When I get to the Bell Centre I see people lined up and join them in the line, because I assume it is how to get in. It is just a different spot than I went in the day before. I start chatting with the people in the line up behind me and they have traveled as a family from NB to see the games. We finally get to the front of the line and I realize it is a restaurant. I have zero intention of going to eat again as I had just come from breakfast but don’t want the people I am in line with knowing that I am in the completely the wrong place, so I was going to have a drink and then go into the arena. This family doesn’t want me sitting alone so they invite me to sit with them. It is fantastic just talking to new people, sharing our love of the game. I must have not been paying attention when the waitress comes around asking how to split the bills because my bill was fully taken care of by this family.

It may not have been much to them, or they might not have even thought of it, but to me it was my favorite moment of my trip. I love the Canadiens, and watched some of the greatest players in the NHL today that weekend (Ovhekin/McDavid) but having this family take me in like I was one of their own will stay with me longer than those games will.

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