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Et Le But!


Not to drag politics into a perfectly exciting time of year for anyone who lives on this fair island in this magnificent province, but here goes: there is truly something heartening about the montage above, and not just for the goosebump-inducing reverie. It is one of the few pitches to the heartstrings that doesn’t reek of corporate shill (unless you count the CBC as a brand, of course), and it reminds us that, no matter how Toronto-centric Hockey Night in Canada can be, our national broadcaster will wholeheartedly back any other Canadian team when the Leaves inevitably soil themselves.

I love the fact that the accompanying song is a) in French, and b) by Loco Locass, a fervently nationalist rap group that pines for the day of a separate Quebec. I love that it name checks René Lévesque as well as the many English players–Robinson, Shutt, Gainey, etc–who endeared themselves to the masses by learning the language as well as playing the game. (Lyrics here.)

Finally, I love that the CBC threw those political implications of the song aside and blasted this catchy, beautifully written pean to a great team across the country, from Victoria to Newfoundland–and therefore showed itself more astute than the team’s owners, whose love affair with all things U2 shamefully continues. Bravo.

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  1. Weren't they singing a song for the Quebec city hockey team during "La série Montréal Québec" on TVA?

  2. Good luck tonight, Habs! Let's see some Game 7 magic!

    • Wow, what a game! Bravo, Habs!!!

  3. Wicked. Two things though:

    (1) it's Leafs, not Leaves. As long we we're despising them, let's do it correctly.
    (2) The reference to the Canadiens as "our national team"….are they thinking of this in terms of Canada? It sounds hearteningly non-Separatist. Please don't say "they mean Quebec as a nation".

    • Well a hundred years ago the word Canadiens was used to identify the French speaking population of Quebec in Canada, many outside of Quebec considered themselves to still be British citizens. The hockey team was formed by an English business man who wanted to see a team of French hockey players (most back then were mostly formed of English players) and decided to call the team "Les Canadiens de Montréal" as a way of giving the French population their team. So yeah they mean Quebec as a nation.

  4. Well, I can't stand Quebec politics, and I don't want to live there, but I'll always love the Habs.

    The Habs do have a few French Canadians (eg Lapierre). But really, when the Habs best players are Slovak (Halak), Russian (Markov), Czech (Plekanec), Ontarian (Camalleri), American (Gionta and Gomez) and they have while the best French Canadian on the ice is playing for the other team (Fleury), and the best Canadian on the ice is playing for the other team (Crosby), then it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to make this series about Canadian politics or regional issues.

    In reality it's about sports. And when it comes to sports, the Leafs will always be the Laughs, and the Habs will always have heart.

    • Agree 100% with you (wow that is rare), it is not about politics but hockey. Same talk I had with a friend a few years ago during the Ducks-Sens final and he didn't understand why I was supporting the Sens to bring the cup to Canada when in fact there were more Canadian players in Anaheim.

      I find this song for the Habs better than the one from Loco, no politics in it.

  5. I think some of you are reading too much into the "our national team". In Québec many people use 'nation' interchangeably for both the province and the country. It doesn't necessarily have any political connotations, it's just used instead of 'province'. And you are a little bitter and/or paranoid if you see this song as having a lot of politics in it…