Nick Suzuki | “Many politicians want players to speak French and that’s true”

(Las Vegas) Nick Suzuki learned a little French at school he grew up in in southwestern Ontario and the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens wasn’t bothered to see Quebec politicians discuss his skills in Molière’s language.

Posted yesterday at 2:58 PM.

Joshua Clipperton
Canadian Press

The language issue surfaced once the 23-year-old was named captain of the Habs on Monday.

As the provincial election campaign heated up, party leaders lent their support to Suzuki to guide Canadians through a successful rebuild. They added that it was crucial for him to be able to communicate with fans in both French and English.

“Many politicians in Quebec would like players to speak French, and I think that’s fair,” said the London, Ontario native, during a media tour of suburban Las Vegas organized by the NHL and the players’ association.

“After all, French is used more in Quebec than English,” he recalls.

Suzuki admitted that it would be nice if all of the Canadian players could use at least some French words. He added, however, that living in Montreal meant players could only get well in English.

He pointed out that we do not often need to use it (French). But they (the politicians) have the right to think that the players should speak French.

Nick Suzuki

“I think I know what to say when I say I speak a little French. I’m better when I read it than when I speak it. I’m at a good level, but I can also improve.”

Former Canadian Suzuki teammate Philip Danault offered a vote of confidence. He believes that Suzuki has all the qualities to be a good driver.

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“I’m so proud of him and he deserves it,” said Danault, who signed with the Los Angeles Kings last summer after six seasons with Habs. He is very serious about what he does. I think he’s perfect for this role.

“It’s easy to see that he has leadership qualities. I like and respect the Canadian’s decision. He will do a good job,” Kipkere added.

Suzuki is about to complete the first season of an eight-year contract worth $63 million. He hopes to prove the management right to trust him a lot.

“It’s a beautiful feeling. I am now part of a prestigious chain of captains with Canadians. I am proud to be part of this group.”

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