Friday, November 25, 2005

The "Rocket's" Red Glare

A movie about the complex and controversial times of Maurice "Rocket" Richard and staring many current and former NHLer's opens in Canada this week.
The story takes Richard from his teenage years, when he worked as a machinist and played hockey on the side, to the fabled 1955 riot where angry fans tore apart downtown Montreal after the league suspended him for the rest of the season after his frenzied attack on a Boston player.
Along with his ice exploits (eight Stanley Cups) and loving marriage, the movie also recounts how Richard stepped up and fought to have French Canadians treated as equals.
In Canada, particularly Quebec Richard remains a hugely historic figure both because of his play on the ice and for his importance to the French-Canadians and their struggles off-ice.

Here's more on the making of... The Rocket.

Buzzing Around the Net:

  • Ex-Hockey Players with Laptops
  • OLN... STRUGGLES to find a Hockey Audience
  • Hold your Breath Hockey
  • Woman Playing Hockey with Men has the Write Stuff
  • The Crosby Show, it's been BETTER than expected
  • Police Blotter Hockey:
  • Hockey Mom convicted in a case of... RINK RAGE
  • Hockey Thought for the Day:
    Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.
    ~Stephen Leacock

    Finally, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving... at least I hope it was better than the one Nick and Jess had.

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