Maurice Richard was the greatest hockey player of the 20th century. He was also the most popular and respected hero of French-speaking Canadians. His career paralleled the dramatic changes that occurred in Quebec after the Second World War, when the Quebecois people asserted their equality and their rights.
This new biography of Richard records his incredible career as a hockey player. It traces the connections between his successes on the ice and the growing self-confidence of the French-speaking people of Quebec.
About the author
Chris Robinson is an author, freelance writer and the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He writes the "gonzo" column "The Animation Pimp" for Animation World Magazine. His writing has also appeared in Salon.com, Take One, Cinemascope, Montage, Stop Smiling, the Ottawa Xpress and many international publications. His other books include Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: A Story of Estonian Animation, Ottawa Senators: Great Stories from the NHL's First Dynasty, and Unsung Heroes of Animation. Robinson lives in Ottawa with his wife, Kelly, and son, Jarvis.
"...looks at his [Richard's effect on the Canadiens as a franchise, the way he brought it back from the brink of collapse...and gave Quebecers a team to get behind as a culture."
"A strength of this text is the images. They break up the chapters effectively, extending the written description, and are well-reproduced, clear and vivid. Since some of these photographs are iconic and historical, it is valuable for readers to view them in the context of Richard's story." Rated A, average
"Here is a book that helps put life on the topic of 'Quebec - the second half of the 20th century' into a more passionate and disgestible format."
"These mass market paperbacks are aimed at younger readers, yet I do not find the writing to be too young to insult an older reader by any means.
In fact, this is a solid introduction to the great story of one of hockey's all time greats, regardless of age."