Quebec's liquor authorities say the Bell Centre is well within its rights to sell alcohol, even if it is showing a broadcast of the Habs playing elsewhere on giant screens.
Peter Sergakis, who owns several bars and restaurants in the city including the Sports Station, had complained to the liquor board that the Bell Centre did not have the proper licence for events like the Game 7 viewing party on Wednesday night.
Sergakis, the head of the Quebec Bar Owners' Association, told CJAD news Thursday that the arena doesn't have a bar permit, but rather a theatre permit — which means a live performance needs to take place if liquor is to be served.
The liquor board has indicated, however, that the live broadcasts do count as "live" events.
The Bell Centre was sold out Wednesday night for the Canadiens' series-clinching game, even if the game was being played in Boston. Tickets sold for $10 each, with proceeds going to the Habs' children's charities.