TCL, I hope you know there wouldn’t be any Montreal Canadians without québecois!
Beebee Doodle says;
Trivia; The Montreal Canadiens were created in 1909. Back then, the word “québecois” wasn’t in wide use to designate french canadians (those living in Quebec, that is). French-canadians (except Acadians, whose name went back to the 1600s) would simply call themselves “canadiens” while their english-speaking counterparts called themselves “canadians”.
Back then, frenchies were not really city-dwellers. French was mainly spoken in the countryside among “habitants” (peasants).
To this day of corporate-owned sports, hi-tech stadiums and foreign players who don’t know a word of french, the nickname for the Montreal Canadiens is still “Habs”, short for “habitants”.
source; my human’s Habs fan uncle, verified on Wikipedia.
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