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Court awards $45K in family battle over Habs season tickets

The end of a marriage may have led to a dispute between two ex-brothers-in-law who had shared prime season tickets for 19 years.

Ex-brothers-in-law have been embroiled in fight over 'best seats in the house' for over 5 years

The tickets were described in testimony as among the best seats in the house: above the penalty box, on the centre-ice red line. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press )

A Quebec Superior Court judge has awarded nearly $45,000 to a man whose former brother-in-law deprived him of their Montreal Canadiens season tickets over a family dispute, ruling that he had no right to unilaterally deny access to the coveted seats.

The ruling this month by Justice Jeffrey Edwards framed the case as determining the true value of Habs tickets.

The dispute between Louis Terzopoulos and Petros Sakaris dates back to 2014, when Sakaris refused to provide Terzopoulos access to the tickets they had shared for 19 years.

The pair had been splitting season and playoff tickets since the 1995-96 season, beginning during the Canadiens' final year at the Montreal Forum.

The tickets were transferred to the Bell Centre, and were described in testimony as among the best seats in the house: above the penalty box, on the centre-ice red line.

While Sakaris denied there was an agreement to share the tickets, the judge ruled there was overwhelming evidence that a contractual agreement existed between the pair.

The men were married to two sisters when they first obtained the tickets — but the ruling suggests Terzopoulos' marriage breakup was the trigger for Sakaris denying him the tickets.

The legal fight between the two isn't over — Sakaris's attorney says in an email he plans to appeal.

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