Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed former NHL coach Jacques Demers to Canada's Senate.
Demers coached several NHL teams including the St. Louis Blues, the Detroit Red Wings, the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He guided the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1993. They are the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup.
Several years ago, Demers admitted he could not read or write. If it was anyone other than Demers, Harper would have been lambasted for his appointment. However, Demers is a beloved figure in Canada so I think there will be few objections.
In recent years, Demers has served as a hockey color commentator on RDS, Canada's French language sports channel.