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02-06-2013, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by decma View Post
true for the 90s. But in the 80s they were a very French team. In their debut NHL season their top 3 scorers (Cloutier, Tardif, and Goulet) were all French-speaking, and they also had Leduc, Lacroix, Bernier, Plante, Cote, Richard, David, Weir, Bilodeau, Sleigher, and others.

Even after the Stastnys arrived, it was still a very French team. E.g., in 84/85 among the regular fwds were Goulet, Cloutier, Tardif, Hunter, Cote, Sleigher, and Richard.
The had 4 regular francophone D-men - Rochefort, Weir, Marois, and Dupont (with Hamel and Rick Lapointe also seeing some time). And Dan Bouchard in goal.
The Habs also had a lot of French-Canadians in those days. The League has a whole was very different. There were not much Euros and more French players. Of course the new Nordiques will try to have a French presence, but you won't see teams with 10+ French guys anymore. The NHL is more "global" than it was in the 80s.

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