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
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