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Habs fan tries to jinx Quebec arena

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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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In 2008 a Red Sox-rooting construction worker named Gino Castignoli planted a David Ortiz jersey in the concrete at the new Yankee Stadium in the hopes that he could curse his favorite team's rival with some villainous Boston mojo.

The jersey was later excavated and sold for charity and the Yankees, apparently uncursed, won the World Series in their first season in the new ballpark.

You would think that might have been enough to discourage Éric Rivest, a Canadian construction worker, from attempting a similar feat at the site of a $400 million arena in Quebec City — a building many in the area hope will some day welcome the return of the Quebec Nordiques.

But that didn’t stop Rivest, a Montreal Canadiens fan, from tossing a Habs puck into the foundation of the new 18,000-seat building, which is scheduled to be completed by September 2015.

Now, I don't speak French, but according to Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog, Rivest begins the 22-second video by announcing where he is and stating that he's "Gonna put a Habs puck into one of the posts."

After he drops the puck in, Rivest — who, according to CHOI 981 Radio X in Quebec, works for Petrifond, a Montreal-based foundation company — reportedly offers the following jab: "There you go, Nordiques. We're keeping you in mind."

The Canadiens-Nordiques rivalry began in 1979 and lasted through the 1994-95 season, the Nordiques' final year in Quebec before being relocated to Colorado to become the Avalanche. The teams played 113 regular-season games (Montreal won the series 74-39), and played in 31 playoff games, with the Canadiens holding a 17-14 edge in the postseason.

Perhaps the most famous playoff meeting between the two came on April 20, 1984, a 5-3 series-clinching win for the Canadiens that was later dubbed the "Good Friday Massacre," after two bench-clearing brawls led to the ejections of 10 players.

As recently as this month there have been rumors circulating that the NHL will return to Quebec. However, right now, there are no confirmed plans to bring a team back to the area.

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