Extraordinary Canadians: Maurice Richard

Extraordinary Canadians: Maurice Richard

Format
Hardcover
Price
$19.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670064120
  • 192 Pages
  • Viking
  • Adult

Overview

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.

Praise

These books are…opportunities to deepen the relationship between Canadians of the past and Canadians of the present. May this dialogue continue, so that today’s biographers themselves will be the subject of the next wave of writers.” – The Globe and Mail

“The books would be a lovely addition to any library…they’re accessible and ready to be read by all.” – The Nova Scotian (Sunday Herald)

“[the series is] entertaining, literary and informative.” – The National Post
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