Nothing says springtime in Canada like NHL playoffs.
There are a few things you can expect every year: The roar of the fans yelling at TVs heard in neighbourhoods across the country or children playing road hockey in the jerseys of their favourite star players.
But the most beloved tradition of all is municipal politicians throwing down a bet with mayors of their opponent’s city.
Toronto’s John Tory and Montreal’s Valérie Plante announced Wednesday the latest edition of the famed friendly wager, with the stakes being fourfold for the losing side.
The losing city/mayor will have to:
- fly the opposing team’s flag at their city hall
- make a $500 charitable donation to the other team’s foundation
- send the winner either a Montreal smoked meat or peameal sandwich
- send the winner a selection of local beer.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 19, 2021
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Les @CanadiensMTL et les @MapleLeafs de Toronto ne se sont pas affrontés en séries depuis 1979. Cette rivalité historique promet de revivre lors de leur premier match des séries, demain soir. Mon collègue John Tory et moi en avons profité pour faire un pari amical. 🏒 #polmtl pic.twitter.com/ylFWQO031R
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 19, 2021
Toronto and Montreal begin their best-of-seven series Thursday evening, with the division-leading Leafs being a heavy favourite over the fourth-seeded Canadiens.