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Old 08-13-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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I didn't know Maurice Richard spoke English until I saw this:


Maurice Richard for Grecian Formula 1983 - YouTube

Are many other hockey players bilingual?
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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Most French Canadian and European NHLers speak English. After all, 29 of the 30 teams are in English Canada or the US...

Many Habs players will try to learn French. The Quebec media expects the captain and coach to be able to converse in French.

Outside of Montreal, I don't think that you would find more French speakers among English Canadian NHLers than the regular population though.....apart from those that had their junior career in Quebec.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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I remember Richard's commercials for Grecian Formula.

"Hey, Richard! Two minutes for looking so good!"
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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There is probably not one single francophone NHLer who does not speak at least some English.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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In the mid 1970's Guy Lafleur(?) did some classic radio commercials for Dorion Suit in Montreal. "At Dorion Suit we have no 'assles." But it didn't sound like 'assles.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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There is probably not one single francophone NHLer who does not speak at least some English.

Is there at least one Anglophone NHLer who can speak some French?
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Is there at least one Anglophone NHLer who can speak some French?
There are several. Of course, pretty much all of the anglos from Quebec who play in the NHL can speak French. And a small number of Canadian NHLers went through French immersion programs in school so they will know some French as well.

And there are some who picked up French while playing junior in Quebec. Stars like Brad Richards (PEI) and Sidney Crosby (Nova Scotia) played for Rimouski and were pretty good at French at one point but now are a bit rusty - playing in the States - though obviously they have not lost it all.

Even an American like Josh Hennessy from the Boston area who was captain of the Quebec Remparts junior team at one point became fluent in French and extremely popular. He later played for the Boston Bruins.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:17 AM
 
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I didn't know Maurice Richard spoke English until I saw this:


Maurice Richard for Grecian Formula 1983 - YouTube

Are many other hockey players bilingual?
What gave you the idea The Rocket couldnt speak English? His Brother Henri also speaks pretty good English.
You make it sound like French people speaking English is some how a strange phenomena .
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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What gave you the idea The Rocket couldnt speak English? His Brother Henri also speaks pretty good English.
You make it sound like French people speaking English is some how a strange phenomena .

I didn't think many Francophone people of his generation living in Quebec could speak English.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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I didn't think many Francophone people of his generation living in Quebec could speak English.
There would have been some, though less than today.

The NHL was always anglo-dominated, and in his day even the Montreal Canadiens were not that French-friendly a club - when it came to the players anyway.

His "treatment" by both the NHL and the Canadiens is a big part of the lore associated with his persona.
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