This has been a memorable year for sports in Montreal through the last 12 months and we at La Metropole Sports took the top 25 and will be counting them down between now and New Year’s Day.
These moments can be done by Montrealers, by Montreal teams or people who have made their mark with Montreal’s sports teams. There are also events that have taken part in Montreal.
Without further ado, the Top 25 Montreal Sports Moments of 2014.
25. The Scotties Return to Montreal
Montreal hosted the Canadian women’s curling championship back in February just before the Olympics in Sochi. Because of that, Jennifer Jones – who represented Canada at the Games – was not in Montreal.
But that just re-emphasized the emergence of Rachel Homan. Homan, from Ottawa, has lost only one game in two years at the Scotties on her way to back-to-back titles. She didn’t lose in Montreal at all, defeating Alberta’s Val Sweeting in the final. She defeated Jones in the 2013 final.
It was the first time that Montreal hosted the tournament since it was re-branded as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 1981. Montreal last hosted the event in 1979 when it was still the Macdonald Lassie trophy. It was held then at the Mount Royal arena. This time, it was at the Maurice Richard arena.
Quebec’s Allison Ross went 2-9 in the round robin, and finished tied for last place.
Having attended the Scotties, it was nice to attend a world-class curling event. It was my first time watching curling live after watching it for years on television. The crowds weren’t huge but demonstrated the greatness of the community of curling. It seemed like everyone around me knew each other and was fun to see, even as an outsider.
Attendance wasn’t great (a theme that will sadly repeat itself through most events in this countdown) but it is nice to have these types of events in the city.