The story is based on a real experience Carrier had as a child in Sainte-Justine, Quebec in as a fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and its star player, Maurice Richard. Carrier and his friends all wear Canadiens' sweaters with Richard's number 9 on the back. When his mother orders a new sweater from the department store in the big city after the old one has worn out, he is mistakenly sent a sweater of Montreal's bitter rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs , instead. Carrier faces the persecution of his peers and his coach prevents him from playing.
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The story is based on a real experience Carrier had as a child in Sainte-Justine, Quebec in as a fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and its star player, Maurice Richard. Carrier and his friends all wear Canadiens' sweaters with Richard's number 9 on the back. When his mother orders a new sweater from the department store in the big city after the old one has worn out, he is mistakenly sent a sweater of Montreal's bitter rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs , instead.
Carrier faces the persecution of his peers and his coach prevents him from playing. The Hockey Sweater is Carrier's most famous work and is considered an iconic piece of Canadian literature. The story has sold over , copies and has been republished in numerous anthologies.
It exemplifies the nation's passion for hockey, and while it is often considered an allegory of the relationship and tensions that exist between francophones and anglophones , the story is popular throughout the entire nation.
A line from the story appears on Canadian five-dollar bills as part of the Canadian Journey banknote series printed between and Carrier spent several weeks trying to answer the question, ultimately producing what he described as a "flat essay" that was "dull as an editorial in a newspaper".
He was told that the network had already booked studio time for him and had been promoting his appearance. As he remained unwilling to present his essay, Carrier was asked to write about anything he wanted to fill the time.
Considering what to write, Carrier thought of his own childhood. He stated in an interview that he began thinking of "when was it that I felt I was really myself?
And I remember it was when I put on my skates and my Eaton catalogues on my legs, and I stood up, and I was taller than my mom, and I had a stick in my hands, so I was stronger than my brother, and I felt that I was little me.
So I started to write about that and it turned into the Hockey Sweater story. The story centres on the obsession he and his friends had with the Montreal Canadiens ' organization and their star player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard.
We were ten players all wearing the uniform of the Montreal Canadiens, all with the same burning enthusiasm. We all wore the famous number 9 on our backs. His old sweater having worn out, Carrier's mother seeks to replace it. She writes a letter to Eaton's in French to order a new sweater from their English-only catalogue. When the package arrives, the young Carrier is horrified to discover the sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs was sent by mistake.
A humiliated Carrier wears the sweater to the rink where his peers stare at him in his blue sweater. His coach removes him from his usual forward position, holding him back as a reserve on defence. By the third period, he still has not played when one of his team's defencemen is struck with a stick.
Believing his chance had finally come, Carrier jumps onto the ice, only to be given an immediate penalty by the parish priest acting as referee. The priest claims Carrier's substitution is illegal as there are already five players on the ice. Carrier is so angry that he smashes his stick on the ice in frustration, for which the priest scolds him: "just because you're wearing a new Toronto Maple Leafs sweater unlike the others, it doesn't mean you're going to make the laws around here.
It appeared in an English translation by Sheila Fischman the same year as part of an English collection of Carrier's work called The Hockey Sweater and other stories.
A year after publication, the National Film Board of Canada adapted the story into a ten-minute animated short film called The Sweater. It was animated by Sheldon Cohen and voiced by Carrier. In Cohen approached May Cutler , founder of Tundra Books , to create an illustrated children's book of the story. It was published in as The Hockey Sweater ,  and by had sold over , copies.
The passion Carrier and his friends had for the game of hockey, particularly for the Montreal Canadiens, is the dominant theme of the story.
In introducing the film for his video anthology Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites from the National Film Board of Canada , American critic Leonard Maltin noted that hockey is "an obsession, a country-wide preoccupation that dominates many lives", particularly those of children. He argued that The Sweater is one of the National Film Board's best animated works that combined humour with cultural significance. Of particular emphasis was the children's fascination with Maurice Richard.
Montreal's star player from until , Richard was a prolific goal scorer. Richard also requested copies so that he could show it to his own children. Sheldon Posen, curator of the Canadian Museum of Civilization , noted during the opening of an exhibit dedicated to Richard in that he had long been an idol in Quebec, but it was Carrier's story that expanded Richard's reputation in English Canada and sealed his place as a pan-Canadian hero.
He stated that many francophones viewed Richard as a "hero of the people, an athletic freedom fighter against the rest of Canada". The Hockey Sweater has achieved an iconic place in Canadian literature. As an illustration of the place hockey holds in the Canadian psyche, the Bank of Canada placed a line from the story on the reverse of the series five-dollar bill ,  making Carrier the first author to be quoted on a Canadian banknote.
The illustrated book of The Hockey Sweater was among the children's books included as official Canadian gifts presented to the Prince of Wales and his family during an official visit in , for his then nine-year-old son William.
Of the story, Thirsk said: "It represents part of Canadian literacy, it represents support of reading and I just wanted to say thank you to Mr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Montreal Canadiens. Founded in Based in Montreal, Quebec.
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