Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard Born in 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 asp

  • Title: Maurice Richard
  • Author: Charles Foran John Ralston Saul
  • ISBN: 9780670064120
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 than a high scoring forward who filled seats in NHL arenas Beginning wBorn 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 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.

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    About “Charles Foran John Ralston Saul

    • Charles Foran John Ralston Saul

      Charlie Foran was born and raised in Toronto He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada He has published eleven books, including five novels His fiction, non fiction, and journalism have all won awards.Charlie has also made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and co wrote the TV documentary Mordecai Richler The Last of the Wild Jews A past president of PEN Canada, he is a senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and a member of the Order of Canada As of January, 2015, Charlie Foran is CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship ICC He lives in Toronto with his family.

    757 thoughts on “Maurice Richard

    • One of the greatest athletes in any sport - ever. In many ways, he was one of the major impetuses in forcing Roman Catholic dominated Quebec and Franco Canadians to find a pride in themselves. He did not do it as an intended action, but rather by his personality and demenour. As time passes, people in Quebec, Canada and the world, have become aware as to how one person, inadvertently, became one of the most important figures in Canadian - and World history. His legacy is great - but it is still [...]


    • The Rocket, Maurice Richard, Monsieur Hockey himself, the Saint Maurice, his life and times, as narrated by Charles Foran, gives contemporary readers of Canadian sports history and of Canada-Quebec history in particular a sense of the prominence of the man in his sport, but also of the event that the man or brute was as un Canadien, un Québécois in the lives of those who looked to him for redemption and pride from the two solitudes of English and French Canada, or indeed from the English North [...]


    • I thought this was a great book especially in relation to the last few I've read in the Extraordinary Canadian series. Foran's writing style was fluid and refreshing. I learned a lot about the Montreal Canadians (what is likely foundational to many) that helps explain the contemporary cultish fervour and following of the team. And above all, I learned a great deal about Maurice Richard. What distinguishes Maurice, in my opinion, was not his achievements in hockey but rather is quiet passion for [...]


    • I really enjoyed this. I've also read Gordie Howe's book and both the game and the business of hockey was so different in their day. This also provided some insight into the rise of the Quebecois national movement which I had never given much thought to as a southern Ontario native who was a child in the 70's and only remember hearing about the trouble the French Canadians caused.


    • Although a hockey fan, I read this book to get a sense of the history of the Anglo/French issues in Canada. I had seen a Canadian (dubbed) movie about the Rocket which touched on some of the issues.I felt the author did a good job at filling in the details for me, so that I understand it a little better.


    • A good insight into The Rocket's life--his significance to the sport of hockey, of course, but also to a province, culture and country. A tribute to a Canadian icon. Loved this book!



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