Weekly Links: Remembering Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhanov; Prince Albert Raiders drop controversial mascot; Impact of Arizona State in men’s NCAA hockey; and more

  • Two legendary hockey coaches passed away this week: Viktor Tikhanov, who coached the USSR through many successful decades in international hockey; and Pat Quinn, who coached Canada’s Gold Medal winning 2002 Olympic Men’s team and (in various stings between 1979 and 2010) the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Edmonton Oilers. Elliotte Friedman reflects on the life and legacy of both men. [Sportsnet]
  • Two further reflections on Tikhanov’s legacy, from Stephen Smith and Dmitry Chesnekov. [puckstruck; Puck Daddy]
  • Roch Carrier’s classic Canadian tale, The Hockey Sweater, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. [CBC News]
  • Many college hockey pundits and fans are celebrating Arizona State’s entry into NCAA men’s hockey competition. Jeff Cox offers a dissenting opinion, considering how this could damage the sport at the college level. [SBN College Hockey]
  • After the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders stirred controversy with a mascot that presented a cartoonish caricature of an Arab man, the team decided to pull the mascot. [Huffington Post]
  • Quebec used to produce a large number of NHL-calibre goalies, but no longer. Ken Campbell considers why. [The Hockey News]
  • With an NHL-controlled World Cup of Hockey likely to launch soon, the league is hoping the tournament will generate $100 million in revenue. [Puck Daddy]

Roch Carrier’s Classic Children’s Book “The Hockey Sweater” to be Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier is a classic and beloved piece of Canadian children’s literature. The book tells the tale of a young boy who idolizes Maurice “The Rocket” Richard and his Montreal Canadiens, and who faces extreme embarrassment and social discomfort when his mother accidentally orders him a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater instead of the ubiquitous bleu, blanc et rouge worn by all of his friends.

The Hockey Sweater was published in French 1979, and translated into English shortly thereafter. In 1980, the National Film Board of Canada produced an animated short film, Le Chandaille/The Sweater, based upon the book. Both the book and the film are considered by many to be important Canadian cultural artifacts. The Canadian Museum of Civilization even offers an examination of the book’s cultural context on its website.

In an interesting merging of literature, music and sport, in May the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a performance of The Hockey Sweater, narrated by Carrier and introduced by Ken Dryden. Read more of this post