In about 1890, Les Montagnards, a Montreal snowshoe club, used to sing a rallying song called "Halte là ! Halte là ! Les Montagnards sont là..." Adopted by their hockey team, the song was later adopted by the Canadiens Hockey Club as "Halte là ! Halte là ! les Canadiens sont là..."

La Bolduc and Oscar Thiffault were among the first to pay tribute in song to Maurice Richard. Several years late, Pierre Létourneau wrote a song called simply Maurice Richard.

In the early 70s, the famous country singer Stompin’ Tom Connors had one of his greatest hits with The Hockey Song.

The group Beau Dommage also performed songs about hockey. The song 23 décembre (words by Pierre Huet and music by Michel Rivard) alludes to hockey and to Doug Harvey. Hockey (words by Pierre Bertrand and Monique Gignac and music by Pierre Bertrand) tells the story of a little boy who played hockey and whose idol was Jean-Claude Tremblay.

Since 1996, the rock and roll group The Zambonis, from Connecticut, has specialized in writing and performing songs ex Read More
In about 1890, Les Montagnards, a Montreal snowshoe club, used to sing a rallying song called "Halte là ! Halte là ! Les Montagnards sont là..." Adopted by their hockey team, the song was later adopted by the Canadiens Hockey Club as "Halte là ! Halte là ! les Canadiens sont là..."

La Bolduc and Oscar Thiffault were among the first to pay tribute in song to Maurice Richard. Several years late, Pierre Létourneau wrote a song called simply Maurice Richard.

In the early 70s, the famous country singer Stompin’ Tom Connors had one of his greatest hits with The Hockey Song.

The group Beau Dommage also performed songs about hockey. The song 23 décembre (words by Pierre Huet and music by Michel Rivard) alludes to hockey and to Doug Harvey. Hockey (words by Pierre Bertrand and Monique Gignac and music by Pierre Bertrand) tells the story of a little boy who played hockey and whose idol was Jean-Claude Tremblay.

Since 1996, the rock and roll group The Zambonis, from Connecticut, has specialized in writing and performing songs exclusively about the world of hockey.

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Hockey fever has struck the Big screen as well, as seen in movies such as Slapshot with Paul Newman, the Mighty Ducks trilogy with Emilio Estevez, Youngblood with Rob Lowe and, more recently, Mystery Alaska with Russell Crowe.

Quebec film had its greatest box office success with Les Boys, a comedy about members of a hockey team in a pick-up league. Les Boys II, the sequel, gives a humourous account of the team’s participation in an international tournament in the French Alps.

The National Film Board has also helped promote hockey by producing a number of documentaries and animated films on the subject. The Sweater, adapted from a story by Roch Carrier, is a good example of this.


Hockey fever has struck the Big screen as well, as seen in movies such as Slapshot with Paul Newman, the Mighty Ducks trilogy with Emilio Estevez, Youngblood with Rob Lowe and, more recently, Mystery Alaska with Russell Crowe.

Quebec film had its greatest box office success with Les Boys, a comedy about members of a hockey team in a pick-up league. Les Boys II, the sequel, gives a humourous account of the team’s participation in an international tournament in the French Alps.

The National Film Board has also helped promote hockey by producing a number of documentaries and animated films on the subject. The Sweater, adapted from a story by Roch Carrier, is a good example of this.


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Terreur à la Manicouagan, a novel in the series of Bob Morane, written by Henri Verne, opens in the stands of the Montreal Forum.

Rondelle et Bâton à la conquête du saladier d’argent is a cartoon about the highs and lows of a hockey team called Les Cantons. (André Pijet and Michel Blanchard, Éditions Mille-Îles)

The Sweater by Roch Carrier is a story illustrated by Sheldon Cohen and intended as a tribute to Maurice Richard (Éditions Toundra).

Terreur à la Manicouagan, a novel in the series of Bob Morane, written by Henri Verne, opens in the stands of the Montreal Forum.

Rondelle et Bâton à la conquête du saladier d’argent is a cartoon about the highs and lows of a hockey team called Les Cantons. (André Pijet and Michel Blanchard, Éditions Mille-Îles)

The Sweater by Roch Carrier is a story illustrated by Sheldon Cohen and intended as a tribute to Maurice Richard (Éditions Toundra).

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Lance et compte by Réjean Tremblay, was the first television series set in the world of professional hockey. After its phenomenal success with a Francophone audience, it was translated into English as He Shoots, He Scores.

In 1999, the CTV network in turn broadcast an original series about the world of hockey, Power Play.

Lance et compte by Réjean Tremblay, was the first television series set in the world of professional hockey. After its phenomenal success with a Francophone audience, it was translated into English as He Shoots, He Scores.

In 1999, the CTV network in turn broadcast an original series about the world of hockey, Power Play.

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Several Canadian painters have found hockey to be a nearly endless source of inspiration. They include Serge Lemoyne, John Newby, Miyuki Tanobe, Antoine Dumas, Ken Danby, Normand Hudon, Tex Lecor, Littorio Del Signore and Michel Lapensée, the Canadiens Hockey Club’s painter.

Jean-Paul Riopelle was also influenced by hockey and created a remarkable work dedicated to Maurice Richard. This painting is now in the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.


Several Canadian painters have found hockey to be a nearly endless source of inspiration. They include Serge Lemoyne, John Newby, Miyuki Tanobe, Antoine Dumas, Ken Danby, Normand Hudon, Tex Lecor, Littorio Del Signore and Michel Lapensée, the Canadiens Hockey Club’s painter.

Jean-Paul Riopelle was also influenced by hockey and created a remarkable work dedicated to Maurice Richard. This painting is now in the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.


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Winter 1957 by Michel Lapensée

'Winter 1957'. Painted by Michel Lapensée, 1991.

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The Sweater

The Sweater

Instead of the red, white and blue Montreal Canadiens sweater, Mr Eaton had sent the blue and white sweater of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I had always worn the red white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens, all my friends wore the red white and blue sweater. And besides, the Toronto team was always being beaten by the Canadiens.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Investigate the role that hockey plays in Canada’s national identity
  • Identify significant people involved in hockey in Canada
  • Examine media’s role and evolution in promoting hockey
  • Explore how the arts, television and movies have portrayed Canadian hockey
  • Identify reasons why some Canadian hockey players choose to pursue their careers in France
  • Describe Canada’s influence on the development of hockey in Finland

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