Maurice Richard (Extraordinary Canadians)

By Charles Foran

Biography from "Great Canadians" sequence via Charles Foran of hockey legend Maruice "The Rocket Richard".

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I consulted the CBC and Radio-Canada web pages for his or her tv and radio clips from his taking part in days and after, and located notable fabric, together with types of the ovation defined in bankruptcy 7, on YouTube. based on our sped up age, a growing number of fabric will almost immediately come online—a bonus for destiny historians and biographers. I tested Charles Binamé’s 2005 movie The Rocket for its effective interval element, together with its recreations of dramatic occasions from a profession that in part predated tv, in addition to for Roy Dupuis’s insightful functionality as Richard. I additionally watched with nice excitement the ten-part CBC tv sequence Hockey: A People’s historical past. Adrienne Clarkson first remembered The 5th property documentary “The Rocket at 54,” and advised I music it down; Sally Reardon on the application stumbled on it and kindly despatched me a duplicate; Brian McKenna, who directed the section, generously provided reminiscences of filming and interviewing Maurice Richard. initially between publication resources is The Rocket: A Cultural historical past of Maurice Richard (Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2009) through Benoît Melançon. Melançon, a professor of literature on the Université de Montréal, examines Richard from a number of cultural views. the result's an exploration as certain to Canadian tradition as, possibly, Richard used to be to Canadian hockey. i'm particularly debt to Melançon for his impressive meditation on Saint Sebastian and Saint Maurice. I learn The Rocket in its stylish translation by means of Fred A. Reed, and made use of his renderings of Quebec music lyrics and performs. Roch Carrier’s Our lifestyles with the Rocket: The Maurice Richard tale (Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2001, translated by way of Sheila Fischman) used to be one other helpful source, as used to be Jean-Marie Pellerin’s Maurice Richard: L’idole d’un peuple (Montreal: Les Éditions de L’Homme, 1976). Remembering the Rocket: a party (Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1998), edited via Craig MacInnis, includes very good reportage from the period, together with Hugh MacLennan’s 1955 foray into the opposite solitude, “The Rocket: A Hero for Quebec,” and profiles by way of June Callwood. D’Arcy Jenish’s The Montreal Canadiens: a hundred Years of Glory (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2008) and Lions in wintry weather (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1994) via Chrys Goyens and Allan Turowetz are either authoritative money owed of the franchise, and that i discovered concerning the darker part of the game from web worthy: Exploring the Myths of professional Hockey (Toronto: Penguin Books, 1991), the groundbreaking exposé by way of David Cruise and Alison Griffiths. Michael McKinley’s placing a Roof on wintry weather: Hockey’s upward push from recreation to Spectacle (Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2000) is a superb background of shinny from its earliest days, and David Zirin’s What’s My identify, idiot? : activities and Resistance within the usa (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2005) helped tell my considering the category dimensions to Maurice Richard’s occupation and existence. My pondering used to be, remember the fact that, additionally educated and regularly reformed by means of conversations approximately Richard and Quebec.

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