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May 20, 2021

Montreal-Toronto news war heats up with Canadiens-Leafs playoff wager

Montreal Gazette (May 20, 2021)—Postmedia senior VP and Gazette editor-in-chief Lucinda Chodan makes a friendly bet with Toronto Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra.

It won’t just be mayors, co-workers and drinking buddies laying down wagers on the Canadiens-Maple Leafs NHL playoff series, which begins in Toronto on Thursday (7:30 p.m., CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) .

Toronto Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra has called out Postmedia senior vice-president and Montreal Gazette editor-in-chief Lucinda Chodan.

Batra has wagered a case of Steam Whistle beer that her hometown heroes will prevail over their Highway 401 rivals in Montreal.

“This is going to be the Leafs’ year, pandemic or not,” Batra said. “We’re so confident that the Habs will be on the golf course next week we’re betting that case of beer. Montreal will be on ice, but not in the way they hoped.”

For her part, Chodan isn’t backing down and is going to bat, er stick, for the bleu-blanc-rouge.

“The last time the Leafs beat the Habs in a Stanley Cup series was in 1967. That’s 54 years, even using Toronto math,” Chodan said. “I’m happy to put up 24 bottles of some of Montreal’s finest, St. Ambroise IPA, given that history is on our side. Not to mention Carey Price.”

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Steam Whistle Brewing remains true to the old-world method of brewing pilsner. Its Czech Brewmaster ensures each batch is crafted flawlessly following the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516 to craft a pilsner that is true to what pilsner should be: crisp, golden and well-balanced. One of Canada’s leading independent craft breweries, Steam Whistle is made with only four ingredients and no additives or preservatives. Steam Whistle’s Bohemian-style pilsner is characterized by a floral hoppy aroma, a sweet, full malty character that is balanced by a pleasant bitterness and a clean, crisp finish.