Le Canadien, means the Canadian in English and this is how I often see our beloved club referred to as for example by a good friends on RDS...
However, whenever I speak French with my friends we commonly refer to them as "les canadien".
I have a strong affinity to refer to our glorious clubs as "The Canadians" whenever I speak English.
As much as the word nationalism and nation is manipulated for patriotic fervour, I feel our hockey team,"Les Canadien" represents the entire "united" Canadian nation, since a "Canadien" is the same as "Canuck", both terms, at least for me represents, refers to, rather, our glorious nation of Canada.
i often seen, like a recent JDM front page "Markov joue les heros"
i've never understood why it isn't "joue le hero". how can someone be the heroes? lol
You know, I've heard that expression since I was young and never really paid attention to it. Now that you mention it, it does sound weird. But then again, a lot of expressions, English or French, are kind of weird if you try to make sense out of them.
One last thing people... It's not "Ce soir". It's "À soir". My god, where have you learned your french? Books and fancy classes??
"Canadiens jouzent ben à soir". There you go. That's the only sentence you need to know.