Our broadcast of our classic game is going to be extra special tonight, as it will consist of former captain Patrice Bernier’s last career game with the Montreal Impact, in which he took on the New England Revolution in the final game of the 2017 season.
For Impact supporters and Montreal as a whole, it was a chance to say goodbye to a club legend – someone who truly cared more about what was on the front of the jersey than on the back. Bernier’s leadership and contributions to his hometown club and his community through the years made him a role model on a national scale.
On that special tonight over two and a half years ago, hundreds of tributes flooded in for days through the #8ERNIER hashtag on Twitter, showcasing the type of Impact the Canadian number 8 had in his long career.
Even our eternal rivals from Toronto wanted to offer some kind of recognition for our number eight, notably because of his 56 caps for Canada, but also to show respect to the competitor that gave them so much to think about since he came back in Montreal, in 2012.
We'll have a bit of mourning to go through on Sunday at Stade Saputo, as the New England Revolution visits - tickets are still available. But as we can see, not everyone has accepted this new reality.