and just to further the discussion: Are you saying that Quebec City would be a "French" team first and unfriendly towards anglophones? (Sort of justifying the argument towards lukewarm support for expansion into the market) or just that their identity is different than Montreal and its not exactly a 1:1 comparison?
Well, I'm sure the front office would be as accommodating as possible towards everyone -- they wouldn't have much of a choice, really -- but the city itself is very heavily Francophone. There are some bilingual speakers there but not as many as in Montreal, and most people (over 90%) speak French as their first language with over half speaking French exclusively. I don't know if the atmosphere would be "unfriendly", per se
, but it would probably be how like a lot of European and Russian players feel upon coming to North America for the first time.
Maybe it's more Anglo-friendly to tourists, for sure, but I think in either city, there'd be pressure (by the media, the neighborhood, the organization, etc.) to integrate. Anyone living in either city long-term (1, 2+ years, etc.) would be expected to respect the area's French roots and learn to speak it.
You're probably right, especially in QC. In Montreal, there'd be some pressure, but I think you'd have an easier time than up north.
I'm just saying, I don't think that'd be such a major hindrance to a player, or at least a big reason players wouldn't want to go there. The province of Quebec in general is a very desirable area to live in.
Good point. As I said, it doesn't seem to stop players from coming over from Europe, and most players would probably live elsewhere in the offseason.