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The insult, The insult and bettman

The insult, The insult and bettman


What did we hurt ourselves by liquidating two magnificent professional clubs that were the Nordiques (1995) and the Expos (2004) in less than 10 years.

We had paraded for a long time with our Stanley Cups, with this team of the beautiful and old capital with nationalist colors which went to daringly steal magnificent talents from the communist regimes of the East.

In addition, Quebec was going to become one of the most spectacular in the NHL. And our big stars here, we loved them very much. The Lafleurs, Bossys, Lemieux, Bourques, Roys, Brodeur, Lecavaliers, St-Louis and more. We were big and we were big.

It's as if one day Americans, like Gary Bettman, said to themselves: “OK, enough is enough. We're going to put the little Franco bastion in its place.”

Since then, the blows of the ruler on the fingers have not stopped and we regularly go from insult to insult.  


Insufficient population, puny dollar, unappealing cold, modest TV rights and get it. The haters have had their hands full too for not respecting a lower-wage Canadian Football League and a miraculous stalwart like Saputo who took 25 years to almost kneel to MLS.

< p>Meanwhile too, Montreal almost lost its Grand Prix being treated cavalierly by Bernie Ecclestone, another condescending. Add the utter failure of the attempt to bring an electric F1 grand prix. Another slap on the nose, the Crashed Ice crowned the Quebec camp. 

Don't forget that Quebec was also disdainfully turned around when we wanted to organize the 2002 Olympics. We instead favored Salt Lake City, a city of barely 200,000 people.  < /p>

It was pathetic to see how Eric Girard, the Minister for the Nordics, was received rudely in New York when he went to beg Bettman to listen to him. We would have received it in the porch or the garage and we would have had the same impression. 

Okay, Bettman is posting extraordinary numbers. He filled the pockets of his shareholders, the owners, but that does not authorize him to humiliate a city like Quebec, a jewel of America which has indeed marked the recent and ancient history of the National League. . It has become insulting.


We can talk about the weakness of the Canadian dollar, but seven clubs live off it and that is in the economic picture of this league.

Why shouldn't Quebec be given another chance when Winnipeg had this opportunity and is doing very well even if it barely attracts 15,000 fans? per game?  

It is the Canadian teams that generate the most profit and 2 of the 5 richest clubs in the NHL are Toronto and Montreal.

We must respect the nature of this sport, its history and its origins. Three teams in California, two in Florida and possibly two others in Texas where we have never seen a snow bank, but no club in Quebec where the biggest amateur hockey tournament in the world is held, where we can attract more of 17,000 people at a junior game and where we had developed what had become the most virulent rivalry in the NHL.


Bettman may be good with bank accounts and where I find him really exceptional is that he does all this without respecting a sport he has never played, it is obvious, that he does not respect. 

That hockey doesn't survive in the desert, that's normal. 

If there were as many people at the Coyotes matches as there are at the Remparts, there would be no problem. 

From the enclave  

Nick Suzuki

Yvon Lambert

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