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Battling Defamation Suits

from Dominique La Haye at the Toronto Sun,

The legal saga involving Canadian NHL player Shane Doan and MP Denis Coderre will be back in Montreal Superior Court on Sept. 7.

The two men are each suing the other for defamation in relation to the events of Dec. 13, 2005 during a hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

During the game, Doan, a Coyotes forward, is alleged to have referred to four officials as “f—-ing Frenchmen.” That night, Doan was penalized after linesman Michel Cormier accused Doan of making racist comments towards him and his colleagues.


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So Frenchman is now a derogatory term?

Posted by CoolJ90 on 08/26/10 at 02:18 AM ET


Both lawsuits seem like a giant waste of time and money.

Posted by Susan on 08/26/10 at 02:45 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Fauxing Frenchmen.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 08/26/10 at 04:45 AM ET

edillac's avatar

yeah,we get it Anglos hate Frenchies,whatever.

Posted by edillac from isolation on 08/26/10 at 06:40 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

If the word a minority group uses to describe itself reveals anything about a situation, it’s worth noting that the preferred term used by Quebecois in disputes between English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians is “racism,” not discrimination.  That’s scary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/26/10 at 10:57 AM ET


I’d also like to point out how much I am in disbelief that a politician from Quebec would be using a possible dispute between an English Canadian and a French Canadian to get his name out and try to further his career.  Shocked!


Posted by CoolJ90 on 08/26/10 at 12:53 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Doan should ask for a change of venue so his fate won’t be adjudicated by some fauxing frenchman.

I’m going to re-watch the Rocket Richard movie now. “Hey Pea Soup!”

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/26/10 at 03:34 PM ET

edillac's avatar

why does everyone call them French,arent they Qubebequis(sp?),I dont call you guys English,you do speak the language,but you live in america or canada

Posted by edillac from isolation on 08/26/10 at 03:46 PM ET

Leafsfan 4life's avatar

I have been hearing lots of people talk about this. If the player, Doan simply called them french man then it really should not be a big deal. Some of the Canadian referees really think they run the league. If Doan did not use any derogatory terms, then they should drop the litigation. From what I read; these referees just think way too much of themselves. After all this is hockey! Its a tough sport and if you can’t take criticism then you should not be a ref! A couple of my friends still live in Toronto and they have met some aspiring officials. They said that you have to remember most of these officials or referes are players who did not make it to the NHL. Most of those officials are guys who are angry that they didnt make it as athletes. So you can imagine why they are so arrogant.

Does this blog cover all teams or is it just for the Red Wings and Penguins?

Posted by Leafsfan 4life from North America on 08/26/10 at 07:00 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Does this blog cover all teams or is it just for the Red Wings and Penguins?

Posted by Leafsfan 4life from North America on 08/26/10 at 05:00 PM ET

The KK Hockey section, touches on all NHL teams.  We are also expanding our coverage this season with individual bloggers come September-ish.

So far we have a Tampa, Buffalo, Montreal, Chicago bloggers along with the others who are already here.

More will be announced in the coming days.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/26/10 at 07:04 PM ET

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