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#1 Posted on 3.11.05 1816.32
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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/hockey/nhl/11/03/demers/index.html?cnn=yes


    MONTREAL (AP) -- Jacques Demers, who coached the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1993 and was later a general manager in the NHL, admits in a newly released biography that he is illiterate.


Amazing that he was able to cover up for so many years and be a success in the NHL.
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#2 Posted on 3.11.05 2228.12
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I had respect before, and even more so now. Takes a brave man to admit those kind of things, and makes his accomplishments all the more great. If I were a team who needs a new bench boss, I'd try to give him a job behind bench STAT. And if you make him a GM, he'll hire guys like Fletcher and Feister (you can't argue with what the latter has done in Tampa).


'93....THAT was a fun series (but I'm biased).


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#3 Posted on 4.11.05 0012.41
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The ESPN version, although it's the same story (well, it's AP) had a sidebar listing literacy rates in the US and Canada, as well as different levels. I was amazed at just how low they were, but disappointed more than anything else. I tip my cap to Demers, and it makes what he did even more impressive.
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#4 Posted on 4.11.05 1718.13
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This must be pretty embarrassing to all the teams who employed Demers all these years. How stringent is a hiring process when a functional illiterate can be hired several times?

On a fun note, Claude Julien noted that his players had a writing capacity test ready for him at practice last week, so he had a good laugh about it.
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#5 Posted on 5.11.05 0701.46
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    This must be pretty embarrassing to all the teams who employed Demers all these years. How stringent is a hiring process when a functional illiterate can be hired several times?

    On a fun note, Claude Julien noted that his players had a writing capacity test ready for him at practice last week, so he had a good laugh about it.


Embarrassing, I dunno. I don't think they should feel embarrassed that they hired a qualified coach/GM who did his job well and won lots of games and even cups.

I guess since he was a known name and commodity he didn't have to fill in any job application forms really. I bet they hardly use those in the pro-sports for that kind of stuff anyways.
And since you can always say you take the contract proposal to your lawyer I don't think that would have been a problem. So again, I don't think it's embarrassing at all.
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