Another National Film Board gem

A frame from Jacques Payette’s film.

From the National Film Board website introduction:

Meet Maurice Richard on and off the ice, and follow his spectacular career with the Montreal Canadiens – from the early ’40s, when only a few thousand people turned out for pro hockey games, to the 1950s, when the Montreal Forum was bursting with delirious fans. Clarence Campbell, former president of the NHL, describes him as “the most exciting player I have ever seen in my life.” The Rocket features footage from games and revealing interviews with Richard himself, the first star of the golden age of hockey. 

Go here to view a wonderful 42-minute film by Jacques Payette, released in 1998.


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