Bar owners to sue Canadiens over Bell Centre beer bashes
Fans watch Game 7 on the big screen at the Bell Centre as the Canadiens faced the Bruins in Boston on May 14, 2014. Bar owners are threatening to sue the club for opening up the rink to fans and selling beer, accusing the team of taking away their business. (Jacques Pharand/QMI Agency)
The New York Rangers aren't the only headache for the Montreal Canadiens these days.
Quebec's bar owners association is going to Superior Court to stop the Molson brothers from selling beer at the Bell Centre during sold-out bashes when the team is on the road.
Association president Peter Sergakis announced the move after the Quebec Liquor board refused to hear his group's case.
The Liquor board says the Molsons are allowed to fill their building for road games and sell the beer that bears their name.
Sergakis, who owns 40 Montreal-area bars, claims the Molsons are only allowed to sell beer when the Habs are at home.
Several Montreal bars have told QMI Agency that a huge Bell Centre crowd had no impact on their business during Game 7 at Boston.
But Sergakis won't back down.
"If we let this go, anyone will be able to rent a room for one evening and sell beer."