A team like the Canadiens who don't care about winning, who put on the ice players who are not of the caliber and who fire 14 shots in a game, while asking the fans to pay the same price as usual, does it comply with consumer protection law?
The law provides for a legal guarantee, i.e. a minimum protection for consumers. “It ensures that if the merchant has not sold you a quality, durable, safe and consistent with the expectations created by the representations of the latter, you can, among other things, get reimbursed,” recalls Éducaloi.
Tuesday, to get a good pair of tickets in the reds, you will have to shell out $500 on resale sites. You have to really like the Red Wings or really like the CH very much, very much… It's always fun to play a hockey game, but I won't pay $250 to go to the Rocket.
Simply because I expect to see NHL hockey if I pay top dollar for a ticket to an NHL game.
Getting what you buy
The trader (the Canadiens, whose slogan in the locker room is to carry the torch of their past successes high) makes me representations that allow me to expect to see hockey from the NHL.
And there, the team throws 14 times in three periods, in addition to granting 50 pitches to the Hurricanes. All this after being downgraded by the Panthers two days prior.
And all this, in the same week the organization put Cayden Primeau in net and dressed Sean Farrell.
You don't play your best goalkeeper (Samuel Montambeault) because you want to “see” Primeau… Honestly. He has been playing 20 minutes from the Bell Center for four years. Management saw it in droves.
You throw Farrell into action without him having previously trained with the club. For what? No one had a clear answer.
It's obvious, though. The CH had just won two games against Columbus and Buffalo. Management had had enough. You had to lose, or at least try not to win. Primeau and Farrell were therefore put in the hands of Martin St-Louis, who did not seem to be in a good mood.
You have to give it to St-Louis and its players, for that matter. It works hard, it doesn't give up. But there are limits when you also have to fight against your own leadership.
Let's get back to consumer protection. All of this is really silly for the fan who pays the same big price to go see a team whose management doesn't care to win.
Did you enjoy your Saturday night?
But despite everything, someone is going to buy that famous pair of $500 tickets for Tuesday's game. Meeting during which the supporters will surely make the wave. Fans' money will come in.
And it's frivolous the story of consumer protection, it's not really a good hockey game.
But I have sympathy for those who paid top dollar for Saturday's game. That's not what they bought.
So please, Mr. Molson, for the last three home games, at least do something for them. Sell the hot dogs for $1, donate the popcorn, or make less than $11 profit for each beer. That would be nice!