Canadiens in orbit around the Earth: Dr. Robert Thirsk with a copy of Le Chandail de Hockey.
Courtesy Robert Thirsk and Roch Carrier
When he was a boy in Sainte-Justine, Que., young Roch Carrier built a rocket “to go into space like the hero of my comics in the newspaper.”
Years later, Roch would write the timeless classic children’s story about the Habs called The Hockey Sweater/Le Chandail de Hockey, a quaint story that has touched millions.
Skip ahead some, and here’s the text of a note Roch recently received from Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk, which he generously shares with us:
“Bonjour M. Carrier. I am Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk. I had the privilege last year to fly aboard the International Space Station for six months. This spaceflight was a personal thrill and the highlight of my professional career.
“I had the opportunity to fly a small number of personal objects in space with me. Since astronauts are advocates for literacy, I chose to fly a copy of your book Le Chandail de Hockey. This book is a classic within our national culture and you are a great Canadian author. I would be pleased to present this book to you if you would like to have it.
“Meilleurs voeux. Bob”