Extraordinary Canadians: Maurice Richard

Extraordinary Canadians: Maurice Richard

Charles Foran (CA)

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Born in 1921 into a working-class family, Maurice Richard came of age as a French Canadian and an 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 an explosive forward who filled seats in NHL arenas; Richard’s on-ice ferocity and off-ice dignity echoed the change in Quebec. The March 1955 “Richard Riot” contained the seeds of transformation. And by the time he retired in 1960, Quebec had begun to reinvent itself as a modern, secular society. 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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ISBN-13: 9780143173960

Number of pages: 192

Format: Paperback / softback Trade paperback (US)

Imprint: Penguin Canada

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