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Yup, they’re going to protest Randy Cunneyworth in Montreal

Dec 22, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

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We’ve reached critical mass in Montreal when it comes to the French-English debate.

Randy Cunneyworth’s troubles aren’t just limited to what’s going on with the Canadiens on the ice, some of the people of Quebec are going to protest about him coaching the team while speaking only English.

No, seriously they are.

Mario Beaulieu, president of The French Quebec Movement, and Denis Trudel of French Movement Montreal  will be holding a rally outside of Bell Centre on January 7 (link in French, naturally) to protest what they call “the Anglicization of the Montreal hockey club.” Beaulieu says that not having a coach that speaks French is the last straw for a team that calls Quebec home, a home where French is the primary language.

Making matters worse, in their opinion, is that there are just two or three players capable of speaking French on the team as well. For a franchise that grew up having all of the best players and coaches from Quebec at their beck and call, the NHL becoming a global game has been difficult for many Habs fans to swallow.

For now, they might not have to worry long about Cunneyworth if he can’t get the team to win games. Then those fans railing about language can push the Habs to hire Bob Hartley or Michel Therrien or Claude Jodoin or Denis Savard to their hearts’ content and leave the rest of the league knowing why most coaches won’t even bother considering Montreal when looking for a job.

  1. xxshookonexx - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Just a matter of time before they call 9-1-1 and have him hauled away.

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      you mean Neuf-un-un right?

      an Francais sil vous plait!


  2. bostonhasrealhockey - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Losing in english is the same feeling you know

  3. canucks18 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    This is such a joke!!! English and French are Canada’s language, everyone gets on Vancouver about the riots, ok fine I get it, but Montreal and these jokers that are protesting should be ashamed of themselves!!!

  4. sippindasyzurp - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Maybe they should just pack up and relocate to Kansas City.

  5. koyoteken - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    What a bunch of crybabies!!
    Just get the new coach to learn the word “dive” in French, and maybe their crappy team will start winning once in a while. In reality, just look at the payroll. Scott Gomez at $7M per year? Really??
    Whats that come out to, like,………….$7M per goal?? Get real. The coach not speaking French is the least of their problems. Although, being a Bruins fan, I can’t help but enjoy the habs train wreck.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      Well, now you’re just exaggerating to the point of ridiculousness. It’s more like… $3.5m per goal. =D

  6. boston25rocketman - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    This is hilarious. If they were true fans of the team then they’d be more concerned about the on-ice product rather than what language the coach speaks. If true Hab fans were smart, they would distance themselves from these jokers.

  7. jpelle82 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    do you want a coach that wins or speaks french? get your priorities straight. montreal is a joke anyway and maybe cunneyworth isnt the answer but you are really limiting your options if you are going to boo or protest an english speaking coach. i hope they just keep losing. bunch of diving little midgets and pretty boys

  8. jameswestphal - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Given their proud French heritage, they’ll probably just surrender eventually.

    • balewsquare - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Had to speak up, as this comment made me laugh so hard!

  9. murraychadwick - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Montreal needs to get off their high horse in general. It’s a shame the guy can’t get any support just becuase he doesn’t speak French. This whole coplaining about most of the players don’t speak French thing is a joke as well. The could internally fix that if they wanted, just don’t sign or draft a guy who doesn’t speak French. Then see how upset the fans are when their French speaking Coach is in last place. You don’t see MLB Baseball fan cities complaining because most of their rosters are filled with spanish speaking players that can barely understand english if at all.

  10. rainyday56 - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Quebecois are anal about preserving their culture. I don’t know why they are so chauvinistic when their main contribution to the world is poutine. Give me Cajun anytime. (Just jerkin’ your chain, luv you guys, don’t raise my taxes.)

  11. cowboyscanada - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    This is why being a habs fan from Western Canada is hard sometimes! Its embarrassing the way the fans in Quebec dont treat people equally! Whether they are English or French, its hockey! Best person for the job!

  12. streetpack - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I love the habs but man this city is retarded. I may have to start following another hockey club, this shit is embarrassing

  13. ballistictrajectory - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Think of the OLE song: Nous perdons et perdons et perdons et perdons. Nous perdons. Nous perdons.

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