Tears and hope ahead of Montreal PWHL hockey team home opener

It’s the hottest ticket in town. Montreal’s new Professional Women’s Hockey League team is getting set its home opener at the Verdun auditorium.

The Saturday game promises to be a historic show like no other.The DeLong family drove nine hours from New Brunswick just to catch a glimpse of the team.

Montreal’s upcoming game sold out online in a matter of minutes and they couldn’t scoop up any tickets.“We said, ‘You know what? We’re going to drive over here, it’s so important to us,’” said Jeff DeLong.

It’s important because his teenage daughter Madelyn plays hockey. A chance to see some of her favourite players on the ice is something she wouldn’t miss for the world.

“It’s awesome! I used to watch all the Canadiennes games, especially in the Olympics. I’d wake up in the middle of the night,” Madelyn said enthusiastically. “I was always dreaming that something like this league would happen because, of course, I wanna play in it!”At Madelyn’s age, that wasn’t an option for any of the team’s players. So for them too, it’s a dream come true.

“Ahh, honestly sometimes I have no words,” said centre Gabrielle David. “I feel like it’s just a feeling that I feel on the ice.”

Montreal has been on the road for a few days now, breaking ice ceilings along the way.

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