The National Hockey League is known for celebrating Halloween yearly. 2020 saw changes in how teams approached festivities, with largescale parties & elaborate costumers being avoided for new methods of showing their Halloween spirit. Multiple teams took their social media accounts to showcase what ideas they’d thought of for Halloween 2020. The 1st was the Arizona Coyotes, which hosted a “Drive-Thru Party”. Fans were encouraging to Trick or Treat from their vehicles & have defenseman Jakob Chychrun hand out bags of candy for children.

The Arizona Coyotes revealed that 1000+ children had arrived with their parents to receive candy from Jacob Chychrun. Large percentages of these children received unique collectables made for Halloween 2020, which had been themed around players on the Arizona Coyotes. Donations were accepted by parents, with donated funds being awarded to the “Arizona Coyotes Foundation”. It should be noted that when questioned on his appearance at the Drive-Thru Halloween party, Jacob Chychrun mentioned that he’d been looking forward to this event for months & had wanted interaction with supporters for a prolonged time.

The Halloween Adventures of the Canadians, Blues, and Bruins.
Arizona wasn’t the only National Hockey League organization that maintained Halloween festivities throughout 2020. The Montreal Canadians sent their iconic mascot to the houses of winning children, from a contest held earlier in 2020. Numerous photos of fans wearing Montreal Canadian-themed costumes were also posted to social media. However, their 2020 Halloween festivities fail in-comparison to the St. Louis Blues & Boston Bruins.

Both the St. Louis Blues & Boston Bruins made their yearly visit to the local “Children’s Hospital”. Players that couldn’t attend for social distancing purposes purchased these children large quantities of candy and sent video messages encouraging them to enjoy the festivities. The Boston Bruins went beyond expectations for 2020 during the Covid Era, with several players attending in-person with costumers that sustained facemasks or entire bodysuits. Patrice Bergeron was seen dressed as Elmo.

It should be noted that NHL players with the Bruins & Blues aren’t forced to attend festivities at the local “Children’s Hospital”. However, bringing happiness for ill children is something that cannot be explained through words.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Athletes are no strangers to injuries. More often than not a player misses important matches due to a physical condition. These issues usually come after a bad play or movement in game. It is possible to avoid them but sometimes the injuries are inevitable.

Hockey could be considered a violent sport. Despite the protections the players wear, they are exposed to all kind of damage. Ideally, the teams would be able to replace any player that has any affection. Unfortunately, the Montreal Canadiens do not seem to be ready for this situation and it is affecting their results in the NHL.

CAREY PRICE

The franchise goaltender is an icon for the Canadiens fans. He has been with the team for several years and will be wearing the red and blue for some more. The Montreal organization is willing to pay $84 million for this player but for the 2018 season, he missed a total of 14 games.

The goalie had a concussion, the team did not said how this happened. Seems like it took place during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Price was replaced by Antti Niemi but this change was not enough to help the Canadiens after a poor performance during the season.

SHEA WEBER

Another tragic loss for the Canadiens, the defenseman had to undergo a foot surgery. As a result, he will miss the rest of the season. Apparently, Weber’s injury happened in the beginning of the season but he kept playing for 20 more games.

In the end, the medical team could not do anything to improve Weber’s condition. He was put on the injured list and finally it was determined he had a long way to go before he could skate again.

A BAD RECORD

No matter the sport, it is not easy to make it to a professional team. However, there is a fine line that separates the starting players from the substitutes. Two or more substitutes immediately reduce the quality of the team and the results showed it. The Montreal Canadiens are a team known for their great performance and good scores. In 2017 and part of 2018 they had been struggling.

Even before he was injured, Carey Price had the worst record of the season and his entire career. Many questions were raised about the goaltender and if he really was worth the millions the team was paying for him.

WILL THEY BE ABLE TO RECOVER?

The players will eventually get better but the damage is already done. For the current season, not even a miracle would help the Canadiens. On their division, they are currently standing in the sixth place.

The organization has their eyes on the future. They are fully aware of the struggles the team is facing at the moment. Changes need to happen for the Canadiens to go back to the top of the scoreboards. This should be a lesson for the rest of the organizations, they need to be able to replace any player at any point.