The National Lacrosse League (NLL), in association with the Montreal Canadiens, will soon host a regular season meeting at the Bell Center.
Therefore, a virtual press conference on this topic with Brett Frood, commissioner of the NLL, is planned for Thursday. Two other attendees, Vincent Lucier, Canadiens senior vice president, sales and development, and Kurt Hunzeker, NLL executive vice president, commercial operations, are also scheduled to speak to the media.
The lacrosse league will thus appear in Montreal for the first time after nine years. Rather, we have to go back to December 14, 2014, to the match between the Toronto Rock and the Rochester Knighthawks, for the NLL to hold a game in the Quebec metropolis.
The game ended with the Rock winning 15-7 in front of 4,820 spectators.
Montreal already had an NLL franchise, for one season in 2001-2002, called the Express, which had a very satisfactory expansion campaign. The Montreal club finished the campaign with an 8-8 record, but failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The club was inactive for two seasons after that, before being purchased to become the Minnesota Swarm.
During the 1970s, the Montreal Quebecers played two campaigns in the old NLL (no relation to today’s) in 1974 and 1975. Former Canadian player John Ferguson played ‘elsewhere’ and was president and general manager of training.