Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

626 by 9-A Goal-by-Goal Timeline of Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard's Scoring Career in Pictures, Stats and Stories

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

626 by 9-A Goal-by-Goal Timeline of Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard's Scoring Career in Pictures, Stats and Stories

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I. Sheldon Posen, 626 by 9 - A Goal-by-Goal Timeline of Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard's Scoring Career in Pictures, Stats and Stories (Gatineau, Quebec: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2004), 36pp. Paper. $10.95. ISBN 0-6601-9255-1.

Pictures, Stats and Stories - this is one hockey title that does not mislead. Pictures of Richard, his Montreal Canadiens and the products he inspired dominate (from '"Rocket Number 9" bread' to Rocket tomato soup). Next in line are his statistics, presented in graphs, tables and, most importantly, the timeline/'goal-line' that runs from 1-626 throughout the book - one for each goal scored by the Rocket as a Canadien. The remaining 'stories' are more a collection of blurbs and can be read in twenty minutes. All in all, the colourful 626 by 9 looks like one of those busy language books designed to keep children attentive as they ingest a foreign culture.

Roch Carrier, author of the classic children's story quoted on the $5 bill ('our real life was on the ice' / 'la vraie vie était sur la patinoire') as well as a decent Richard biography, provides the motivational Foreword: 'Maurice Richard taught us that obstacles can be overcome if you have the will to travel towards your goal, and if you are willing to devote the necessary energy and passion to get there' (p. 3). Readers should not be deterred by this saccharine insight; Posen has not provided just another one of those dime-a-dozen hockey hagiographies that form the bulk Canada's hockey writing. …

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