Junior hockey fans have been waiting for this moment for two years. Indeed, the Quebec Majors Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs will start at Saguenay on Friday night, and Saguenéens will face Chicoutimi’s Sherbrooke Phoenix (Sherbrooke Phoenix).
All 3/5 matches between Chicoutimi and Sherbrooke will be played in the Georges-Vézina Center in front of the empty stands. Fans will follow their team online.
“I had a fever for six months,” said Denis Tremblay, a proud supporter of the Saguenays team for more than 40 years.
Head coach Yanick Jean felt it an honor to be able to play postseason hockey. He took the Western and Ontario leagues as examples, but he won’t have this opportunity. “A lot of people want to take up our positions,” said the general manager and a person at Blues.
For the marketing team, establishing contact with hobbyists in the current environment is a challenge. During the season, Sags’ online games attracted nearly 1,000 subscribers.
Serge Proulx, the operations director of Saguenéens, believes that the club’s outstanding performance in the playoffs will create a “buzz” between games.
Saguenéens had thought of using the drive-in formula to present the series on the big screen in the parking lot of the Centre Georges-Vézina, but this idea was shelved.
These teams now hope that the virus will not decide to spread in Chicoutimi.