An adult Martin Roy reminisces about his life in the 1966/67 school year. At fifteen years old and in his last year of junior high school, he breathed, ate and slept hockey. He collected ...
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An adult Martin Roy reminisces about his life in the 1966/67 school year. At fifteen years old and in his last year of junior high school, he breathed, ate and slept hockey. He collected hockey cards, played street hockey with his friends, tried skating and ice hockey for the first time in his life, but was most fascinated with his local national league team, the Montréal Canadiens, and its star player, Henri Richard. He dreamed of growing up and working for the Canadiens franchise. But a more immediate goal was to get tickets to one of their games, using M. Richard and his banker father, Hervé, as possible conduits to that goal. He also remembers his school life from that year, with the arrival of pot smoking free thinking hippie Ron Richardson as the new English teacher, and dreading home room with strict Mlle. Chouinard, who he eventually learned too had a human side. But he learned that there may be a couple of things more important than hockey: family, and the opposite sex. Written by
Picture this. Quebec, 1966. A 12 year-old boy is content in the suburbs, playing street hockey, collecting hockey cards, and trying to find the great scheme that will bring him to the Montreal Forum to see the glorious Club de hockey Canadien and its star, Henri Richard, in action. Enter a series of events that force Martin to leave childhood (leggy brunettes, a pot-smoking English teacher, a dying favorite uncle). Based on a Quebecois novel, this coming-of-age story is better appreciated by those who are familiar with this period of the history of Quebec, but its themes (love, death and, yes, hockey) are universal.
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