Celine Dion causes an international hockey incident

Celine Dion was born and raised in Quebec, right? Therefore, you’d suppose that she has Montreal Canadiens blood running through her body. Well, um, not quite. And we now have accusations of sedition.

Dion, of course, became legendary for her resident performances in Los Vegas. For a while, she was a fixture on The Strip and pretty much a full-time citizen of the city. So when the NHL dropped the Las Vegas Knights into town, Celine was all-in. Community spirit and all that.

During game five of the Habs-Knights series, the scoreboard features a shot of Celine wearing a Knights jersey. Nice bit of psychological warfare, really.

And Habs fans took the bait. The Montreal Gazette didn’t waste any time calling her a “traitor.” Damage control was necessary. In a statement, Celine wrote, “By the way, I have nothing to do with this photo … and you know what photo I’m talking about.” She maintains that no one from the Golden Nights contacted her about using the photo.

Still, I somehow wouldn’t expect her to be invited to sing the anthems when the Habs play the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.

(Via ESPN)

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2 thoughts on “Celine Dion causes an international hockey incident

  • July 5, 2021 at 11:13 pm
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    I think it’s sad to go with any country. People have the right to wear what they choose. There are numerous reasons why she perhaps didn’t wear her clothing to cause any discussion. I believe it was a joke. Outfits usually are called pretty or cool or whatever. Let people be whoever they are. This world would be a better place.

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  • July 6, 2021 at 6:47 am
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    I think she looked pretty hot in her jersey! I don’t care what team was represented.

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