The Hockey Sweater

This classic kids book by Roch Carrier was illustrated by Sheldon Cohen.

Roch Carrier, illustrated by Sheldon Cohen

(Tundra Books)

In the days of Roch's childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy's hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard's number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch's horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink? (From Tundra Books)

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Roch Carrier reads 'The Hockey Sweater'

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Roch Carrier remembers 'The Hockey Sweater'

8 years ago
Duration 6:26
Quebec author tells My Montreal host Sonali Karnick about how his iconic novel came to be.
For generations of Canadians, the number 9 becomes an iconic inspiration. Author Roch Carrier and Maurice Richard discuss the story The Hockey Sweater.
Author Roch Carrier didn't plan on writing the story of "The Hockey Sweater" and illustrator Sheldon Cohen was on his way to becoming a dentist when the project came up. They speak about how it all got started.