Bar owners file complaint vs. Canadiens over Game 7 screening

Montreal Canadiens fans watch Game 7, played in Boston, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, May 14,...

Montreal Canadiens fans watch Game 7, played in Boston, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, May 14, 2014. (JACQUES PHARAND/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 2:11 PM ET

Not everyone's thrilled about the sold-out Bell Centre big-screen bash for the Montreal Canadiens' Game 7 road win over the Boston Bruins.

Quebec's bar owners' association (UTBQ) filed a complaint claiming the Habs siphoned over 21,000 customers from local bars without the legal right to do so.

Peter Sergakis, the head of the UTBQ, told QMI Agency that rules state the Bell Centre's alcohol permit allows them to sell beer solely when they're hosting a live event, not a televised one.

"It's like opening a new bar with 20,000 seats," Sergakis said. "It's concerning, and we're questioning the legality of it."

The Quebec Liquor Board confirmed that they received a complaint from the UTBQ.

"Our lawyers are looking into it," said spokesperson Joyce Tremblay.

Meanwhile, several Montreal bars told QMI that the Bell Centre crowd had no impact on their business during Game 7. Even Sergakis, who owns a sports bar two kilometres from the Bell Centre, said business was good.


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