When Nick Suzuki was named captain of the Montreal Canadiens in September, his ability to speak French became a topic of conversation.
The London, Ontario native had a strong base that he could use after learning French at school, but said he could still improve his skills. During a trip to Las Vegas as part of an NHL media tour ahead of the 2022-2023 season, Suzuki found support from an unexpected source.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby knows the importance of speaking the language, having played in the QMJHL with Rimouski Oceanic, and advised Suzuki to make an effort to do the same.
Suzuki heard the message loud and clear.
“Definitely good to come from him” Suzuki told Arpon Bas of The Athletic and Marc Antoine Godin. “I think he was kind of thrown into the fire and he had to learn French to talk to his teammates and buddies. I think it will take me time, of course, but I have good experience with it, so I don’t think it will take me as long as someone who is learning French for the first time.”
Suzuki understands the importance of captaining the Canadiens in Montreal and hopes to improve his French to better communicate with the team’s passionate fans.
“More than 50 percent of the fans speak French and obviously some don’t speak English, so if you can communicate with them in their language, it just makes you feel like you’re trying and want to reach a wide fan base,” Suzuki told The Athletic. “So I think it’s definitely important and hopefully I can write a few lines and work on it.”
The weight of the “C” on his chest doesn’t stop him from playing on the ice as Suzuki is ready for the best season of his career. The 23-year-old has 11 goals and 12 assists in 18 games, while the Canadiens hold a 9-8-1 record.
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