The barometer of sports personalities of the year


Every week, newspaper, in collaboration with the firm Léger, reveals a sounding on various issues that directly or indirectly affect you. So our barometer measures what makes you tremble or raise your eyebrows in Montreal or regions as Quebec, young and old, Francophone, Anglophone or Allophone.

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Who is the Quebec athlete of the year?

1. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (soccer): %27

Laurent Duvernay Tardif's photo.

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2nd. Felix Auger-Aliassime (tennis): 22%

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Photo by Chantal Poirier

3. Leylah Fernandez (tennis): 8%

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Photo by Chantal Poirier

4. Jennifer Abel (diving): 7%


Photo: AFP

5. Jonathan Drouin (hockey): 6%

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Photo Twitter, Montreal Canadiens

6. Kim Clavel (boxing): 6%

7. Kim Boutin (speed skating): 5%

8. Marc-Andre Fleury (hockey): 4%

9. Alexis Lafrenière (hockey): 4%

10. Marie-Eve Dicaire (boxing): 4%

11. Mikaël Kingsbury (freestyle skiing): 4%

12. Jean Pascal (boxing): 3%

13. Phillip Danault (hockey): 3%

14. Alex Dupuis (football): 3%

15. Maude Charron (weightlifting): 3%

16. Patrice Bergeron (hockey): 3%

17. Zachary Brault-Guillard (soccer): %2nd

18. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (freestyle skiing): %2nd

19. Laurence Vincent Lapointe (canoe-kayak): %2nd

20. Valérie Maltais (speed skating): %2nd

21. Lance Stroll (motor racing): %2nd

22. David Lemieux (boxing): %2nd

23. Yanni Gourde (hockey): %2nd

24. Olivier Roy (football): %2nd


A web survey was conducted among 1049 Quebecs aged 18 and over who can express themselves in French or English between 26 and 28 November 2021. The survey was carried out in two stages. An open question was asked of the LEO (Léger Opinion) panelists and asked them to submit their sports personalities that made their mark on the year. Then, each participant can choose up to three names based on the most mentioned names. Only the 25 most mentioned names are presented in this barometer.

  • Philippe Leger, Montreal Magazine


Sitting atop the barometer is not just an athlete, but a real media machine represented by Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Even when abroad, LDT is all over Quebec. What about the divine and sudden rise of Félix Auger-Aliassime and Leylah Fernandez, who dazzled us at the US Open? The hardest part for these young athletes will be to achieve the same successes next year.


No other sport stands out as our second national sport, be it football, soccer or boxing. It would be a place to be taken, however, but the recent controversies surrounding CF Montreal and the lack of excitement the Alouettes have given us keep them staying around our sports universe.


We quickly forget the outstanding performances of our Olympians! These athletes have been training for four years, hoping to compete in the Olympics. Once there, fairy tales happen. Talk to Maude Charron, Laurence Vincent Lapointe and Stephanie Labbé. However, despite their exploits, they find themselves far enough in the barometer.

notoriety or performance

  • Joseph Face, Montreal Magazine

Respondents in this survey were asked to identify their Sports Personality of the Year. Some evaluated the performance. Others relied on fame. Still, some have clearly limited themselves to the sport they personally follow.

Not surprisingly, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif downgrades all other athletes.

However, the participants clearly did not take into account the sports performance of the last 12 months.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif did not return to his starting position with the Chiefs and was traded to the Jets.

But ever since he started in advertising, he has benefited from his tremendous media visibility, his caring personality, his glamorous career as a sports-doctor and his Super Bowl win at the end of the 2019 season.

The next two names in the standings, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Leylah Fernandez, are 2.and and 3and meteoric and highly publicized places.

Only 6 hockey players

Jonathan Drouin, fifth in the standings, talked more about his personal failures than his prowess on the ice.

It is gratifying that it is now possible to speak more openly about psychological problems than before.

Finally, keep in mind that there are only six hockey players out of 24 in the standings.

I see this as a sign of the difficulty of Francophones breaking into professional hockey and that hockey is leaving more room for other sports today if it remains dominant in Quebec in 2021.

Our society is changing, diversifying, and this ranking reflects it.