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The NHL’s anti-French “virus”

A new book claims the league systematically discriminates against Francophones

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Francophone hockey players from Quebec are victims of ingrained, longstanding racism at the hands of the NHL. Such is the thesis of Le Quebec mis en échec (Quebec Bodychecked), by former NHL player Bob Sirois. Poring over decades of statistics, Sirois concludes that there is an anti-French “virus” in the league. Among his findings: about 20 percent of Quebecers who were passed over in the draft managed to break into the league—a rate that is nearly double for the rest of the country. “In light of these figures, don’t even ask whether it’s true that Quebecers are underestimated by NHL scouts,” he writes.

National Post

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