In case you haven’t heard, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are set to face off in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the first game being played on Thursday night. The stakes are high enough already: each team wants to advance in the playoffs plus Montreal and Boston have a history of bad blood and they are not afraid to show it.
Well, as is tradition with politicans when a big game or series is on the line, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre decided to make the stakes even higher with a friendly wager.
Coderre’s tweet, roughly translated, lays out the details of the bet: The loser is expected to tour the winner's city, and the winning team’s flag will fly at the losing team’s city hall.
“The best hockey in the world happens when the Bruins and Canadiens play each other, and I’m thrilled that as a result Mayor Coderre will soon be visiting our fair city,” Mayor Walsh said in a press release.
The release also quoted Mayor Coderre as saying, “I can’t wait for Mayor Walsh to visit our great city. Sports brought us together and it’s the beginning of a great friendship and partnership.”
Walsh doesn’t have the best track record so far—he lost his bet with the Mayor of Denver during the NFL playoffs when the Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship.
But the Bruins are favored in the series, so let’s hope they pull this thing off and it doesn’t go the way of the failed #LoserKeepsBieber wager with Canada during the Olympics.