The Montreal Canadiens cut center Louis Leblanc today, and in doing so enraged his girlfriend, Canadian tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak, in both of Canada’s official languages.
Growing up, if there was someone picking on you or treating you unfairly, you would run to Mom or Dad or a trusted local celebrity where they would listen to your problems, and then make sure that the injustice was corrected. But as you get older, you learn to stand up for yourself and fight your own battles.
Unless you’re Louis Leblanc and your girlfriend is a moderately famous Canadian athlete.
While some experts expected Leblanc to make a play for a roster spot this year, the Habs made him one of their first cuts. In response, making a move that will undoubtedly expose him to some locker room ribbing, Leblanc’s girlfriend Aleksandra Wozniak took exception to Montreal’s handling of the 2009 first round pick after they assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Hamilton. She tweeted:
Fearing a visit from Quebec’s language police commissioner Bonhomme du Carnival, she also tweeted a similar message in French.
Although the tweets have since been deleted, they could be damaging to Leblanc’s status within the organization. Although it’s very unlikely that Leblanc was responsible for Wozniak’s tweets, its still unwanted negative attention for the Quebec native. After being drafted 18th overall in 2009 to much fanfare, Leblanc has struggled to live up to the potential that Montreal saw in him. Furthermore, Bob Gainey, who drafted him, is long gone and current Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin may not have any loyalty to the suddenly interesting Leblanc.
Of course, Leblanc could erase any stigma that Wozniak’s tweet placed on him playing so well in Hamilton that the Habs have no choice but to bring him back to the show. He played 42 games for Montreal in 2011-12 as a 20-year-old, scoring 5 goals and 10 assists and showing some flashes of brilliance. Leblanc couldn’t crack the lineup last year and now may be in danger of being best known for having his girlfriend call out his team on Twitter.
And despite what Paul Bissonnette may tell you, Twitter fame is not nearly as important as hockey fame.