The Montreal Junior Canadiens Remembered

December 17th, 2009 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »

Ex-NHL player Bob Sirois recently wrote a book examining the NHL’s treatment of French Canadian players called “ Le Quebec mis en echec: la discrimination envers les Quebecois dans le LNH . (Quebec body checked: discrimination against Quebecers in the NHL) The book contends that prejudice is alive and well in the NHL. The author uses numerous statistics to point out that French players are not held in as high esteem as their Anglophone peers.

In support of some of the references made in the book some Quebec fans can reel off a history of dealings that were questionable starting from the suspension by Clarence Campbell that started the 1955 Rocket Richard Riot , the change in NHL rules governing power plays and the elimination of the exception that allowed Montreal to select the top Quebec born player each year without interference from the rest of the NHL teams. 

In the book Sir ...

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