A young orphan overhears a plot by thieves to smuggle diamonds out of Canada in the equipment of his favorite hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens. The thieves learn of his knowledge and come after him.
Young teen Pierre Boulet and his pre-teen sister Catou Boulet are orphans who live in a Catholic orphanage in Chicoutimi, Québec. While in a florist shop one winter day, Pierre overhears Belletete and Napoleon, the shop proprietors, talking about a plot to smuggle $1 million worth of stolen diamonds out of the country, the diamonds hidden inside a hollowed out hockey puck. The plot involves retrieving the diamonds and the hockey puck from Québec City, where an unknown accomplice is constructing the hockey puck, and taking the puck to Montréal to place in the Montréal Canadien's equipment. The Canadien's will unwittingly smuggle the diamonds into the U.S. on their upcoming road trip. Sister Margaret, one of the orphanage administrators, does not believe Pierre's fantastical story due to his history of mischievous behavior. Despite knowing that Belletete and Napoleon know he overheard them, Pierre, with Catou at his side, decides to try and thwart the plan by recovering the diamonds ... Written by
good fun for Canadian kids becomes great nostalgia for Canadian adults
Could there be a more "Canadian" way to smuggle a fortune in stolen diamonds than inside of a hollowed out hockey puck? Well neither can I. And evidently, neither could the writers of this great little piece of Canadiana.
When a pair of bungling burglars mistakenly lose said item, it falls into the hands of two adventurous Montreal urchins. Now to get the darn thing to the proper authorities before the evil-doers can catch them. The climatic scene alone, which takes place at the old Montreal Forum arena (during a Canadiens game, no less) makes seeking out this little treasure well worth your while.
And if your kids can excuse the clothing we all wore in the 70's (god, I miss my giant afro with the black power comb with the fist on it!!!), then they're in for a well-crafted little piece of action, suspense and Saturday morning fun. It will remind them of movies like Home Alone. It will remind you of a time when the Montreal Canadiens were a Stanley Cup winning juggernaut. (Don't cry, gentle reader. It may happen again someday.)
Man, could that Guy Lafleur act....
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