The Montreal Canadiens: Rethinking a Legend

Edited by Nicolas Moreau and Audrey Laurin-Lamothe with Marie-Pier Rivest
Translated by Howard Scott

© 2015

One of the most famous and certainly most successful professional hockey teams of all time, the Montreal Canadiens are practically a national institution in Quebec society. More than any other team, the Habs play an important role in the identity, economy, and culture of their home town and province.

The essays in The Montreal Canadiens: Rethinking a Legend offer a panoramic view of this influence. What were the connections between the Maurice Richard Riot of 1955 and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution? Can we say that loyalty to the team constitutes a religion for its fans? How is corporatization affecting how Quebecers connect with their beloved team? Featuring a wide range of writing on Le Grand Club and its social significance, the book offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on one of Canada’s greatest sports teams.

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  • Page Count: 144 pages
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Featuring a wide range of writing on Le Grand Club and its social significance, the book offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on one of Canada’s greatest sports teams.

The Montreal Canadiens: Rethinking a Legend

Edited by Nicolas Moreau and Audrey Laurin-Lamothe with Marie-Pier Rivest
Translated by Howard Scott

© 2015

One of the most famous and certainly most successful professional hockey teams of all time, the Montreal Canadiens are practically a national institution in Quebec society. More than any other team, the Habs play an important role in the identity, economy, and culture of their home town and province.

The essays in The Montreal Canadiens: Rethinking a Legend offer a panoramic view of this influence. What were the connections between the Maurice Richard Riot of 1955 and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution? Can we say that loyalty to the team constitutes a religion for its fans? How is corporatization affecting how Quebecers connect with their beloved team? Featuring a wide range of writing on Le Grand Club and its social significance, the book offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on one of Canada’s greatest sports teams.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Finding it difficult to shop for the hockey fan on your Christmas list who’s into sociology, politics, religion, philosophy, economics and urban studies? Fret no more.”


    Mike Boone
    National Post

    The Montreal Canadiens discusses and debates the relationship between sport and identities in Quebec society. Its essays are fresh and challenging, breaking new ground and pushing us to think more about hockey’s significance in this distinct part of Canada.”


    Andrew C. Holman, Department of History and Canadian Studies Program, Bridgewater State University
  • Author Information

    Marie-Pier Rivest is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa.


    Nicolas Moreau is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa.


    Audrey Laurin-Lamothe is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at l’Université du Québec à Montréal.


    Howard Scott and Phyllis Aronoff won the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for their translation of Descent into Night by Edem Awumey.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: The Montreal Canadiens as a Social Fact (Audrey Laurin-Lamothe and Nicolas Moreau and Marie-Pier Rivest)

    Chapter 1: The Richard/Campbell Affair: Hockey as a Vehicle for Quebec Francophone Affirmation (Suzanne Laberge)

    Chapter 2: The Passion of the Canadiens on the Red Line: between Faith and Idolatry (Olivier Bauer)

    Chapter 3: We are Habs and Normative (Nicolas Moreau and Chloé Nahas)

    Chapter 4: The Montreal Canadiens as a Popular Object: Representations of Tradition (Fannie Valois-Nadeau)

    Chapter 5: Is Culture a Factor Here? The Implications of the Corporation of the Montreal Canadiens for Quebec Society (Audrey Laurin-Lamothe)

    Chapter 6: “The City is Hockey”: Beyond the Slogan, a Quest for Identity (Jonathan Cha)

    Chapter 7: “Bread and circuses”: Reading Juvenal in Montreal (Alain Deneault)

    Conclusion: The Quebecness of the Montreal Canadiens (Nicolas Moreau and Audrey Laurin-Lamothe)

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