The decision has ignited a firestorm of criticism. Former players and team executives, nationalist groups and the francophone fraternity of sports writers were quick with condemnation, saying bilingualism is a necessary qualification for the post. Sportswriter Philippe Cantin led the charge. « It’s not simply a hockey team. It’s an institution. Like all institutions, it has responsibilites that go beyond being a hockey team in the market ». One of those responsibilities is that the coach should speak French.
Let’s put this in perspective. Can you imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring a coach who can’t speak English?
Should the coach of the Canadiens be able to speak French?
What do you think?