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A French Canadian boy endures the terrible shame when he receives the hockey sweater of the wrong team.


Sheldon Cohen


Roch Carrier (story), Sheila Fischman (English text)

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Complete credited cast:
Roch Carrier ... Narrator (voice)
Jean-Guy Moreau ... Hockey Commentary (voice)


This cartoon tells a humourous story that underlines the "two solitudes" element of Canadian society where two social groups, the English speaking and French speaking populations live in the same country, but can literally barely speak to or tolerate each other. This is illustrated in this story about how a boy in Quebec has to endure the terrible shame of being given the sweater of the predominate English speaking Canadian hockey team, Toronto Maple Leafs, instead of the same sweater of his idol, Maurice "Rocket" Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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French | English

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17 October 1984 (Denmark) See more »

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Le chandail See more »

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Based on true events experienced by writer Roch Carrier during his childhood. See more »


The iconic photo on the narrator's wall was from the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1953, even though the story was set in 1946. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: When I was a boy growing up in a small village in Quebec, two events were mandatory: the mass on Sunday, and the Saturday night hockey game.
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Featured in Maurice Richard (2005) See more »

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A Nice Little Story
22 April 2003 | by strikerowen1011See all my reviews

I was able to catch this short on Cartoon Network's "O Canada" series. The story of the young boy who wanted the sweater of the Canadiens but ended up with a Maple Leafs one instead makes it endearing to young and old alike. From this observer's perspective of Canada "Hockey is Life" as shown with the 2002 Olympics (or equivalent tournament), the 1972 Series against the Soviet Union hockey team, Hockey Night in Canada on television/radio, and the Stanley Cup tournament. This could easily take place in any city in the world and with any sport, be baseball, football, basketball, soccer, etc.

If you are a hockey fan (or that of any other game, or just like animated shorts) this is one clip that should not be missed. I'm American, from California, a hockey fan, and can relate to this Canadian gem. The story transcends sport. As noted in an earlier comment, it would be much akin to the Yankees fan who instead gets a Red Sox jersey (or vice versa), the Giants fan who ends up with that of the Dodgers, etc. If you follow soccer in Europe the Liverpool fan ends up with an Everton shirt, or the Manchester United fan ending up with the Manchester City, and so forth. "O Canada" isn't on Cartoon Network that much nowadays, but if you hear about it anywhere don't miss this animated film.

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