MONTREAL – It was a clarion call from France via Twitter.
Montreal’s mayor Denis Coderre didn’t let the fact that he was in Europe stop him from live-tweeting the decisive NHL playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
Just after the team won, he tweeted:
“Victory!!!! The CH flag will be flying at Boston city hall!!!!”
This was quickly followed by: “I can’t wait to see the Habs flag flying at Boston city hall! #Yesssss!”
The mayor is referring to a friendly wager he made with Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, at the start of the playoff series.
Watch: Montreal mayor places wager with Boston mayor
On May 1, during a telephone conversation with Boston’s mayor, Coderre suggested that the mayor whose city loses the series should have to go to the winning city and wear the winning team’s shirt.
“But it’s funnier and better if we raise the flag during the week at city hall,” he added.
Walsh accepted the challenge.
“I like it, I like the bet. I accept this friendly wager.”
The Boston mayor took to social media on Thursday morning to say he intended to honour his bet.
But in Boston, there was no sign of the Canadiens’ flag at city hall.
Coderre took up the flag again on social media Thursday, tweeting that he hopes to speak to the mayor of Boston on Friday “to plan how he will comply with the challenge.”
Boston officials told Global News that the mayor intends to follow through on his friendly wager.
Apparently, they are waiting for Coderre to send the flag and when he does, it will go up.
They also confirmed that the Boston mayor is planning a visit to Montreal.
On Friday, both mayors confirmed via social media that the terms of the wager will be met.
“It’s official,” chirped Mayor Coderre on Twitter, retweeting the Boston mayor’s confirmation.
He then called his Boston counterpart a true gentleman for keeping up his end of the wager.
– With files from Mike Armstrong in Boston