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Several of Quebec’s major party leaders say new Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki needs to learn French.

Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault said the Habs made an “excellent choice,” describing the center as one of the team’s best players, before adding that Suzuki now has to learn French.

The Canadiens announced the appointment of the 23-year-old Ontario native as the team’s captain on Monday. He has played for the Canadiens for three seasons after being acquired from Las Vegas in a trade.

Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade told reporters it would be a good thing if Suzuki learned French, adding that living in Quebec is an opportunity to learn the language. Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon described Suzuki as a “very good choice” for captain but added that it is important for the Habs captain to learn French because the position involves a bond with a Quebec fan base that has supported the team for generations.

“It’s a true honor for me and a privilege,” Suzuki told reporters before the comments from the party leaders. “This team’s headed in a great direction, and I couldn’t be more excited to be the captain and represent the team. It means a lot, just to see the respect the management, teammates, (and) coaches have for me. I know it’s a big role, but I think I’m ready for it.”

Playing all 82 games last season, Suzuki led the Canadiens in scoring with 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points. Those totals were all career highs, though the team finished last in the Eastern Conference in a season marred by injury.

“There’s been a lot of highs and lows, a lot of learning experiences,” said Suzuki, whose great-grandparents emigrated to Canada from Japan. “I think I’ve got to handle each situation really well, just lead by example again. It’s a privilege to have that pressure on you. We want to win hockey games and that’s the biggest reason we’re here.”

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo expressed his frustration with the lack of action from politicians on Wednesday in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The tragedy came two years after a mass shooting at his high school alma mater in Parkland, Florida.

“I’ve gone through a lot with my high school and shit doesn’t change. It’s just the fact of the matter. Politicians don’t really give a fuck about us,” Rizzo said, according to Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times. “All they care about is their own agenda and it’s just the way it is and it’s upsetting.”

Rizzo’s comments followed his team’s 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, a game in which his teammate Jason Heyward chose not to play. Heyward was one of several players to not participate, standing in solidarity with NBA players after they walked out of postseason games.

“I couldn’t go out there and play tonight – not with what’s happening,” said Heyward, who encouraged his teammates to play, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.

Three games featuring the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Dodgers were also postponed on Wednesday.