More than 1,100 people have signed a petition to prevent the NHL, NHLPA and NHL Canada from continuing to play the Stanley Cup Final in Quebec next year.
“We demand that the NHL stop playing the NHL Stanley Cup in Quebec and that we have an official decision to take place about it,” the petition states.
The petition, which has garnered more than 5,000 signatures, was signed by a wide array of sports fans and sports media personalities, including former NHL stars, current NHL players, current and former NHL owners, former players and current NHL officials.
The petition calls for the NHL to take a more proactive approach to managing the sport in Quebec.
“The NHL and NHLPA have not shown any interest in a better solution,” said the petition, posted on the website of Montreal-based political advocacy group C-Nova.
“They should be doing all they can to promote a stronger and more successful sport in this province.
If the NHLPA or the NHL does not show an interest in improving their relationship with Quebec, then they need to act on their own and move the game forward.”
The petition also calls on the Quebec government to consider all options for the long-term future of the game in the province, including introducing a Quebec Cup.