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Hockey and Popeyes, recent news items out of Montpellier

Hockey and Popeyes, recent news items out of Montpellier

— Montpellier, France, is still one of my favorite places in the world, so I try to keep up with the local media there. I thought I’d share a couple recent news items that caught my attention today. First, our second favorite hockey team, the Montpellier Vipers, finished the regular season with an 8-0 home win against Chambéry. They are seeded third in their pool and will face Rouen in a best-of-three Division 2 eighth-finals series beginning this coming Saturday.
Hockey in Montpellier, the first French match I’ve attended

Hockey in Montpellier, the first French match I’ve attended

— It’s the second intermission of the first French hockey match I’ve ever attended. The Montpellier Vipers are hosting the Avignon Something-or-Others. Here are some of my impressions: It’s not much of a crowd. I’d measure the turnout in hundreds, not thousands. Then again, this is a Division 2 match, and since the premier French hockey league doesn’t use a number, Division 2 is really the third division. So think ECHL, not NHL.