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Canadiens requiring full vaccination for fans; Bell Centre capacity reduced

The Canadiens will require all fans ages 13 years or older “to be double-vaccinated in order to attend games at the Bell Centre this season,” according to SPORTSNET.ca. Proof of double vaccination “will be verified through Quebec's VaxiCode QR code and official identification.” Bell Centre will hold only 7,500 fans to start the '21-22 NHL campaign, with season-ticket holders “getting access to tickets through monthly packages.” Quebec since Sept. 1 “has required people to show proof of vaccination … to gain access to specific non-essential services,” including attending sports events. MLSE also has “implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for fans attending events starting Sept. 22” (SPORTSNET.ca, 9/8).

WAITING GAME FOR BERGEVIN: In Montreal, Stu Cowan noted Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is heading into his 10th season with the team, and while this is the final year of his current contract, he said he has “nothing new to report” on a potential new deal. Bergevin looked like someone “who really needed a vacation after the Canadiens’ long and unexpected playoff run following what had been a crazy regular season.” Things “haven’t been any easier for him during this short off-season.” He has had to deal with the “controversial decision to select defenceman Logan Mailloux in the first round of the NHL Draft” and the move not to match the Hurricanes’ offer sheet for C Jesperi Kotkaniemi (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 9/7).

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