Is Habs Management Prejiduce Against Quebec players?

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the most storied franchises in the NHL (or in all of sports for that matter) with a league leading 24 Stanley Cup Championships. Their teams throughout history have been equipped with some of the greatest home grown local talent ever to have played the game. When you look in recent years many of the teams put out each season by the Habs, it becomes rarer that you will find a Quebec player dawning the jersey. Why is that? To understand the answer to this question we have to take a quick look back some decades ago in franchise history to outline what happened.

Ken Dryden wrote a line in his book the Game about his latter years playing for the Habs in the 1970’s (before retiring from his career as one of the great Canadiens’ netminders). Dryden basically commented on what was happening to the franchise in general with the change in ownership in the 1970’s where players like Michel Bossy whom previously would have been drafted by the Canadiens were being passed up in the draft. At one time, the Montreal Canadiens had a contract with the NHL that they would have first crack at any Quebec player in the NHL before any team in the draft. How things have changed.

Today if you look for all the top Quebec born skaters currently playing in the NHL namely Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St Louis, Simon Gagne, Daniel Briere, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Martin Brodeur, Alex Tanguay, Francois Beauchemin, Patrice Bergeron, Johnathan Bernier, Jason Pominville, Paul Stastny, Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard, Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, JP Dumont, P.A. Parenteau, Eric Belanger, Max Talbot, David Perron, Marc-Andre Bergeron, JS Giguere and  Roberto Luongo you will find that although some of them played
briefly for the Habs, none of them currently play for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs have turned away from the historical values of selecting local players (many whose names are engraved on the Stanley Cup winning teams of yester-year). The same players who would thrive on the pressure of playing in front of the home town crowd, dreamt of playing for the Montreal Canadiens their whole youth and helped shaped the dynasties of the team in bleu-rouge-et-blanc have disappeared.

Habs brass (as well as their scouting) have opted for players born outside of La Belle Province. Is that why the last Hab’s 50 goal scorer was Stephan Richer nearly 24 years ago or their last Stanley Cup Championship was in 1993 or their last 90+point scorers were Vincent Damphousse and Pierre Turgeon or multi-award winning superstar goalie was Patrick Roy or Frank Selke Trophy winner was Guy Carbonneau or winningst goalie was Jacques Plante or Art Ross and multi Hart Trophy winner was Guy Lafleur?

What if the Habs reverted to their old days of scouting and swallowed up all the Elite native Quebec players? Would they return to their dynasty ways with such levels of skill, speed, finesse and most importantly chemistry? Do the Habs management want this? Are the Habs management prejiduce against Quebec players?


1 Response to “Is Habs Management Prejiduce Against Quebec players?”

  1. November 17, 2012 at 1:10 am

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