All sports – NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL: Quebecers in American sports


Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Kansas Chiefs), holder of the defending NFL champions, was talked about last week by refusing to play the next season, in particular to help those affected by the disease. Like him, other Quebecers play in the NFL, but also in the NBA, MLB and of course in NHL. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (29) has been with the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons as guard, one of the offensive linemen. He is one of the very few players trained in a Canadian university (at McGill) to play in the NFL. Last February, Duvernay-Tardif and the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. A medical graduate, he has been working in a Montreal hospital since the end of April to treat patients with the coronavirus. It’s as much to protect yourself as to help others that he gave up the next season. read also The portrait of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif read also All the news of American football Louis-Philippe Ladouceur (38) is an NFL veteran. He has been playing for the Dallas Cowboys since 2005, as long snapper, a player who intervenes only on the kicks of engagement, transformation or relief. Ladouceur was invited to the Pro Bowl, the All Star Game of the NFL, in 2014. He also comes from a Canadian university (that of Laval), Anthony Auclair has been for three years tight end at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2018, he started, but was injured the following season. Quebec in MLB, it is especially Eric Gagné, now retired, who made the heyday of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the early 2000s. Relief pitcher (who intervenes only at the end of the game), he was elected best pitcher of the National League in 2003. After eight years in LA, Gagné played in Texas, Boston – with whom he won the 2007 World Series – and Milwaukee. Then he stopped his career in 2008. Gagné then coached the France team. read also All baseball news Russell Martin was born in Ontario, but raised in Quebec. He has been playing in MLB since 2006, as catcher. He mainly played in Los Angeles and Toronto, but also passed by the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh. Martin has been selected four times for the All Star Game. Jesen Therrien and Phillippe Aumont have been pitchers for the Philadelphia Phillies, but with discreet statistics. They are now back down to Minor Leagues. Since last season, Abraham Toro has been with the Houston Astros. He has 29 appearances in MLB, for 18 strikes and two homeruns. Joel Anthony spent 10 years on the floors of NBA. Passed by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he was not drafted but then signed a contract with the Miami Heat in 2007. After a first year as a strong winger, Anthony continued his career as a pivot . He was champion NBA with the Heat, alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, in 2012 and 2013. Joel Anthony then played a few months in Boston, before moving to Detroit, then ending his career in San Antonio in 2017. He has shot at 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game average over his career. read also All the news of the NBA Trained at Syracuse University, winger Kris Joseph played 10 NBA games during the 2012-2013 season with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. For only 0.9 point average per game. He then played in France, in particular, in Chalon-sur-Saône, Dijon, Orléans and now Blois. Full-back Luguentz Dort has, for his part, landed in the NBA this season, at the Oklahoma City Thunder, after a stint through Arizona State University. In a Championship truncated by the coronavirus, he played 29 matches, averaging 6.2 points and 1.9 rebounds. There, with players from the land of hockey, the list is obviously very long … First there are the legends: Maurice Richard, Jean Béliveau, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Plante, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux , Raymond Bourque, Patrick Roy, and many others. read also All NHL news Closer to home, for the past fifteen years, goalkeeper Marc-André Fleury, defenders Kris Letang and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and forwards Patrick Marleau and Patrice Bergeron have roamed the rinks of la NHL. With the Boston Bruins this season, Bergeron has scored 31 goals. Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) is one of the best passer in the League, with his 55 assists. And then, it is in NHL that we find the Montreal Canadiens, currently the only Quebec franchise of the four major American sports. Created in 1917, they won the stanley cup 24 times, which is a record.


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