36 000 ramparts tickets sold out in 6 hours


Emy Langelier, Journalist/photographer

The ramparts sold out 36 000 tickets offered at the Videotron Center for the first two games of the QMJHL final in only six hours, Friday, May 12th 2023 

During a hockey game, the Videotron Center can accommodate 18 259 spectators. This means that even before knowing the identity of the other finalist team, the Remparts will have pulverized the old mark for a QMJHL,Quebec Major Junior Ligue, playoff game.In 1983, the Verdun Junior, which was then playing its matches at the Montreal Forum, had sold 17,860 tickets for the first game of the final against the Chevaliers of Longueuil. 

“I shouldn’t even be surprised because we’ve always had fantastic fans and people supporting us”, said the head coach.

Zachary Bolduc also assured that him and his teammates are focusing on giving fans the show they deserve on Friday and Saturday night when the league final begins. “All the boys too, we are there. We are all in the same place mentally and we all want the same thing. We are ready to tackle the challenge ahead.”

Many players gathered on Saturday afternoon to watch the fifth game of their next opponents, which the Mooseheads won 5-0. The famous “fatigue” factor, Patrick Roy does not believe in it, especially not at this stage of the season. “You’re going to the final. You have all the energy, the adrenaline is there”, added the head coach about his next rivals.

Patrick Roy praised the resilience of his players throughout the series against the Olympiques of Gatineau. He also finds that the Mooseheads showed it against the Phoenix: “I’m surprised by the result, given that Sherbrooke won the first two games. I always found it very difficult to win in Sherbrooke, so hats off to Halifax for finding a way to win there.”

The head coach assured that training while waiting to know the identity of their next opponents has not had an impact on the preparation of his team. His goal is to keep his players focused. He recalls that they know the two clubs well, which they faced at the end of the season.