Sportsnet Magazine: Inside The Long Pathetic Fall Of The Once Great Canadiens Empire
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01-13-2012, 05:21 PM
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Speaking as a fan from outside the province, I can say that there is a prevailing opinion that language is a serious detractor to the city, particularly the language police.
French Canadian players don't want to be annointed to roles they can't fill and anglophones fear being turned on for not speaking french.
Just an outsiders POV, not that I believe its true.
Not that it's
true. I mean, it certainly takes very little for the issue to snowball each and every time it's less than sunshine and lollipops in Montreal. Bolded is a repeatedly confirmed fact from talking to NHLers themselves. No matter how few players it may seem like that are actually on the record saying this in the "grand scheme", the language police in Montreal have definitely been making it harder to attract help from both inside AND outside the province (as you've highlighted above), so no need to be gracious/"neutral" and suggest that it's possibly not a real phenomenon.
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