Apparently, cutting someone out of Montreal Canadiens season tickets comes at a heavy price.
For more than 20 years, Louis Terzopoulos and his brother-in-law, Petros Sakaris, had shared Canadiens seasons tickets. The seats were right at center ice with a clear view of the ice at both the Montreal Forum and Bell Centre. After Terzopoulos' divorce, Sakaris axed his former brother-in-law from using the tickets, which resulted in a massive court battle.
The case has been argued throughout all of June and July, with a decision finally coming earlier in the month. According to Justice Jeffery Edwards, Sakaris had no right to cut his former brother-in-law out of the tickets as a result of his divorce.
As a result of the case, Terzopoulos was awarded $45,000 by Quebec Superior Court, which Sakaris undoubtedly plans to appeal.
TICKET TO RIDE: Quebec Superior Court awards nearly $45,000 to a man whose former brother-in-law deprived him of their #Canadiens season tickets over a family dispute, ruling that he had no right to unilaterally deny access to the coveted seats https://t.co/v7I8cEWAou #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/zI4QNV8xfE— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) August 9, 2019
Sakaris claims that the tickets were his, and his alone. However, since the 1995-96 NHL season, the two have apparently evenly split the tickets through both the regular and postseasons.
On the surface this doesn't really seem like an issue that would even be necessary to take to court, let alone dish out $45,000 for. According to many around the Montreal area, though, Canadiens season tickets are extremely coveted and tough to occupy via a waitlist.
We'll see how the story progresses through Sakaris' appeal, but you'd imagine that the court would realize the lack of severity in this issue and wisely reduce the compensation due. Considering Terzopoulos has made it clear he's had trouble acquiring new tickets with a much worse view than the ones he shared, the court might just leave things as is.