The Flyers apparently have a few new followers from up north, as French-Canadian hockey fans have noted - with a tinge of jealousy - that Philadelphia's squad has more Quebecois skaters than their beloved Canadiens.â†µ
A Montreal Gazette blogger pointed out that while the Habs only have a pair of native players, Philly has six, in what I've decided to call the greatest Quebec hockey emigration since the Nordiques left for Colorado back in the 90's. That group includes a new signing in Bruno Gervais. Gervais is reunited with center Maxime Talbot, who played alongside Gervais when they were nine and spoke at the defenseman's wedding this summer. Other French-Canadians on the roster include Danny Brière, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Marc-André Bourdon. Long story short, maybe think twice before fighting the tourist ordering a "bistec du fromage".
The story dubs the squad "The Flying Frenchmen". Philly fans might not have noticed the proliferation of Frenchmen on the roster, but Canadian fans of hockey - or as they say in French, "le hockey" - are apparently paying attention.â†µ
For more on the Flyers, there's Broad Street Hockey.â†µ