No francophone at the star game: aberration and lack of respect!
< /p> UPDATE DAY
The news fell as if it was completely normal and there was nothing to complain about. No player from Quebec or from another French-speaking province participates in the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend. Zero among the 44 players selected! This is a first. This is aberration!
For those who invoke the selection rules, how to explain in this case that a dozen Russian players take part in the event while their presence is disputed worldwide in sports competitions because of the war that their country is waging against Ukraine?
Those in the National League's hockey operations sector, who are called upon to choose 32 players after the popular vote during which a dozen players are elected by the public, could have kept a little discomfort.
That they failed to select a single player from Quebec among the fifty who plays in the NHL is an insult and a lack of respect for the players, fans, sponsors and Quebec partners of their circuit.
Renaud Lavoie has to fall back on Jim Montgomery to do interviews in French for TVA Sports.
Isn't the all-star game a hockey party?
< p>If all the teams must be represented, wouldn't it be appropriate for as many nationalities as possible to be represented?
For conscientious objectors, yes, Quebec is distinct from the rest of Canada.
Why was Patrice Bergeron ignored?
Several players on the verge of retirement have already been invited out of gratitude for their contribution to hockey.
Scotty Bowman instituted this practice when chose Gordie Howe for the Prince of Wales Association team in the latter's last season in 1979-80.
The season marked Howe's return to the NHL after seven seasons in the World Conference and coincided with the game being played in Detroit, where Howe had played the first 25 seasons of his career with the Red Wings.
The crowd gathered at the Joe Louis Arena, which had just opened its doors, gave him a huge ovation.
Bergeron should have been there
The NHL thinkers haven't done it for Bergeron, who could be in his last season.
No one will dispute the choice of David Pastrnak as the Bruins' representative, but it would have been a great opportunity to pay tribute to the great ambassador that Bergeron is for the NHL.
The player from L'Ancienne-Lorette is worth still its weight in gold on the ice rink. His 38 points (18-20) in 51 games give him fourth place in Bruins scoring. .3% and ranks fourth in the differential column with a record of over 21.
Another Quebec player who could have been invited is Pierre-Luc Dubois, who is on his way to having the best season of his career. The Winnipeg Jets forward claims an average of one point per game after 52 games.
Defender Josh Morrissey, who is also doing well with a production of 53 points in 52 games, was preferred to him .
Good for him, but Dubois was just as deserving.
If a bully like John Scott took part in the annual meeting in 2016, there had to be a player able to represent Quebec in Florida this weekend.
The more things change, the more they stay the same!
With this other story, how can we not think that the National League not interested in returning to Quebec?