Thread: "Le" or "Les"?
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02-04-2013, 12:20 PM
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They are both common and accepted.

However, I think the "proper" way would be "Les Canadiens" considering "Canadiens" is the official spelling and there's a S at the end. You wouldn't write "Le Canadiens" as "Les" is for plural. You wouldn't say "Le Bruin" or "Le Senateur D'ottawa". But the Habs been part of our culture for so long that "Le Canadien" sounds good to our ear. It's almost an affectionate term. I think only fans would refer to habs as "Le Canadien".

I think only 2 teams in the league are not in plural form:

Le Lightning de Tampa Bay (Only one lightning)
L'avalanche du Colorado (Only one avalanche)

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