Sports Personality Barometer of the Year

Every week, Newspaper, in collaboration with Léger, reveals the sound of different themes that affect you directly or indirectly. So our barometer measures what makes you vibrate or raise your eyebrows as a Quebecer, young and old, French, Anglo or allophonic, in Montreal or in the regions.

• Read also: Here are the Québécois Business Personalities of the Year.

Who is Quebec’s Sports Personality of the Year?

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

Laurent Duvernay Tardif

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

Felix Layla

Photo Chantal Poirier

3. Leila Fernandez (tennis): 8%

Felix Layla

Photo Chantal Poirier

4. Jennifer Abel (diving): 7%


Photo: AFP

5. Jonathan Drouin (hockey): 6%

Jonathan Drouin

Photo Twitter, Montreal Canadiens

6. Kim Clavel (boxing): 6%

7. Kim Butin (speed skating): five%

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

9. Alexis Lafrenière (hockey): 4%

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

11. Mikael Kingsbury (freestyle): 4%

12. Jean Pascal (boxing): 3%

13. Philip Dano (ice hockey): 3%

14. Alex Dupuy (football): 3%

15. Maud Sharron (weightlifting): 3%

16. Patrice Bergeron (ice hockey): 3%

17. Zachary Bro-Guillard (football): 2%

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

19. Lawrence Vincent Lapointe (Canoe-kayak): 2%

20. Valerie Malte (speed skating): 2%

21. Lance Stroll (auto racing): 2%

22. David Lemieux (boxing): 2%

23. Yanni Gurd (ice hockey): 2%

24. Olivier Roy (football): 2%


The web survey was conducted from November 26 to 28, 2021 among 1,049 Quebecers aged 18 and over who were able to communicate in French or English. The survey was conducted in two stages. The members of the LEO (Léger Opinion) jury were asked an open-ended question asking them to introduce the sports figures who marked the year. Then, based on the most mentioned names, each respondent could choose up to three names. Only the 25 most mentioned names are featured in this barometer.

  • Philip Leger, Montreal Journal


The one who sits at the top of the barometer is not only an athlete, he is a real media machine, which is represented by Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Even when he is abroad, LDT is everywhere in Quebec. And what about the divine and sudden rise of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Layla Fernandez, who dazzled us during the US Open. The most difficult thing for these young athletes will be to achieve the same results next year.


Whether it’s football, American football or boxing, no other sport is our second national sport. That said, there would be a place to take it, but the recent controversy surrounding CF Montreal and the lack of excitement the Alouettes give us ensures they remain on the fringes of our sporting universe.


We quickly forget the wonderful performances of our Olympians! These athletes train for four years in hopes of making it to the Olympics. Once upon a time, fairy tales happen. Speak with Maud Sharron, Lawrence Vincent Lapointe, and Stephanie Labbe. However, despite their exploits, they are far enough away on the barometer.

Fame or performance

  • Joseph Fakal, Montreal Journal

Respondents to this survey were asked to name their Sports Personality of the Year. Someone was judging the performance. Others relied on fame. Still others have clearly limited themselves to the sport they practice personally.

No wonder Laurent Duvernay-Tardif underestimates the ratings of all other athletes.

But the respondents obviously did not take into account the sports results of the last 12 months.

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

But he’s capitalizing on his massive media exposure since he started in advertising, his lovable personality, his brilliant career as a medical athlete, and his Super Bowl win at the end of the 2019 season.

The next two in the standings, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Leila Fernandez, owe their 2as well as and 3as well as places to their meteoric and highly publicized rise.

Only 6 hockey players

Fifth in the standings, Jonathan Drouin, was talked about more because of his personal failures than because of his skill on the ice.

Rejoice that there is an opportunity to speak more frankly than before about psychological problems.

Finally, we note that out of 24 athletes in the ranking, there are only six hockey players.

I see this as a sign that it is difficult for francophones to break into professional hockey and an illustration of the fact that hockey, if it remains dominant in Quebec in 2021, leaves more room for other sports today.

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