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Canadian Government Approves Travel Exemption for NHL Teams


The GIST: Highlighted by the trailblazing Taya Currie, it was another busy weekend in Canadian hockey.

June 08, 2021
Source: Montreal Canadiens/Twitter
Source: Montreal Canadiens/Twitter

NHL: After the Montreal Canadiens’ tough slog through the first round, they seem to be sailing through the second. They beat the Winnipeg Jets 5–1 in last night’s Game 3, marking their sixth straight win. The Price is right.

  • And since the winning team from this series will represent the North Division in the third round (aka semifinals) against an American team, the Canadian government has decided on a travel exemption for the participating teams.
  • The “national interest” exemption will allow NHL teams to cross the border on private planes without the otherwise-mandatory 14-day quarantine period. We approve.

World Hockey Championships: Team Canada wins again. After a 2019 silver medal, a 2020 tournament cancellation, and a rusty start to this year’s event (where they only just squeaked out of the group round), Team Canada beat reigning champ Finland 3–2 in overtime in yesterday’s final. Feels good to be great.