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Maybe nobody should mention this to the struggling Montreal Canadiens, but Montreal has just been recognized as the “best sports city” in the country.

The Global Sports Impact Canada Index has just had its first official launch and in its inaugural introduction has named Montreal as the top city for hosting international sports events.  Montreal finished ahead of Edmonton and Toronto which finished second and third respectfully.  Also, Ottawa was named as the top city for hosting national sports events, which GSI Canada says the Grey Cup is of the most important.

President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, Yves Lalumière says, “this is great news for Montréal.  Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada and around the world. Tourisme Montréal will continue working to build a portfolio of high-calibre events that reflects the city’s potential.”

Montreal is set to host many notable sports events in the near future including the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Rogers Cup, and the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

“We believe that major sporting events are an excellent way of promoting Montréal and result in significant economic, tourism and media benefits—all of which are important for the city’s future,” said Lalumière.