Montreal Canadiens Conspiracy: Where are the Frenchmen? Not Playing in Montreal

September 19th, 2010 by Jeff Langridge Leave a reply »
A couple of days ago I came across the story of Parti Quebecois' Pierre Curzi's comments about a supposed conspiracy concerning the Montreal Canadiens.

He suggested that the lack of Francophone players playing for the Canadiens was part of a federalist plot to keep Quebec a province of Canada. I thought this politician, who obviously knows nothing about hockey, should shut his mouth, but then I remember he that he's a politician and know it's impossible.

According to, there are 73 Quebecers who will either be playing in the NHL or the AHL this year. Thirteen of them are goalies, 12 of them are defensemen, leaving 48 forwards. Now, I'm not to sure about this, but I think teams usually consist of two goalies, six defensemen, and 12 forwards.

Now, even if the Canadiens were to consist of all Quebec-born players, and assuming Canadiens fans want the best roster, they would be way over the salary cap. Obviously, Mr. Curzi doesn't pay any attention to NHL rules.

Now, there are three Quebec-born players playing for Les Canadiens: Mathieu Darche, Maxim Lapierre, and Alexandre Picard. Those aren't ...

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