Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard

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Born in 1921 into a working-class family, Maurice Richard came of age as a French Canadian and athlete during an era when the majority population of Quebec slumbered. A proud, reticent man, Richard aspired only to score goals and win championships for the Montreal Canadiens. But he represented far more than a high-scoring forward who filled seats in NHL arenas. Beginning with his 50-goal, 50-game season in 1944-45 and through his battles with the league over bigotry toward French-Canadian players, Richard's on-ice ferocity and off-ice dignity echoed the change in Quebec. The March 1955 "Richard Riot," in which fans went on a rampage to protest his suspension, contained the seeds of transformation. By the time Richard retired in 1960, Quebec had begun to reinvent itself as a modern, secular society. Author Charles Foran argues that the province's passionate identification with Richard's success and struggles emboldened its people and changed Canada irrevocably.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670064120
Branch Call Number: 796. 962092 RIC F
Characteristics: xiii, 166 p.

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Maurice "Rocket" Richard known for is speedy skating and end to end play.


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debwalker Apr 09, 2011

"In a four-month span in 2000, Maurice Richard and Pierre Trudeau had their funerals held in the same church in the same city, with tens of thousands of the same mourners – from political leaders to ordinary citizens – lining the seats and streets to see them off. It is difficult to say who had the larger turnout, but only one casket got a standing ovation as the Rocket took his final shift."
Roy MacGregor
Globe & Mail April 8 2011

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