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Cunneyworth pledges to learn French to keep Habs job

Jan 3, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

Randy Cunneyworth; AP

At this point, you are probably aware that Montreal was in an uproar when the Canadiens transitioned to Randy Cunneyworth, who cannot speak French. (Their GM Pierre Gauthier even apologized about it.)

It’s been one of the more cringe-worthy stories of the season, but Cunneyworth isn’t turning a blind eye to the issue. The embattled coach told The Canadian Press that he’ll do his best to learn the language by the time Gauthier is preparing to make a coaching decision for next season.

”Hopefully that will be the case by the time some of the decisions are made,” Cunneyworth said. “A lot will depend on how successful this team is and that’s really my priority right now. The language is secondary, but very important as well for me because I think it’s an important marketplace where I’d love to be able to address everybody in both languages and talk to everybody concerning hockey.”

That’s the dark comedy of this situation; amid all the hand-wringing regarding language, the Habs have circled the drain. They’re an ugly 1-6-0 during Randy Cunneyworth’s time as interim head coach, so learning to win should absolutely be Priority No. 1 instead of learning French.

  1. rarelyshaves - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    this is pathetic. why are french canadians so elitist? are you all like this or whats the deal?

    ive heard far more whining about this guy not knowing what “omelete du fromage” is then the fact that thomas plekanac and erik cole are your leading scorers (both sub-30 pts btw). get off it.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      The hilarious thing? Half of Montreal speaks English, and the other half are dicks about it. Seriously, you CAN function with only minimal French (like, just what you pick up as you go) in that city. A lot of students and younger people go there from elsewhere in the country. I lived there for a couple of years and though I actually learned decent French by the time I left, I basically learned it on the fly. They seem to have pretty massive insecurity issues, but it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. I mean, if you can get by comfortably in the capital of the province on English, is there really room to whine? No. This is just fucking stupid.

  2. mtm1321 - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I agree this pathetic. Who cares if he can speak the local language! They need to be concerned with winning.

    • merchaholic - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Agreed. These divas worry about all the bullshit that doesn’t matter other than the main thing… winning some fucking hockey games.

  3. cowboyscanada - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Joke,,,cunneyworth may as well not learn french, he’s toast anyway…

    • nhlbruins90 - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Exactly. So how do you say ‘shove it up your a** in French’?

  4. homelanddefense - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    these fans are crazy. We should have known this after they called the police because of an on ice hit.

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