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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books

Les Canadiens

By Rick Salutin & Ken Dryden

Les Canadiens begins on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 when a French-Canadian soldier throws his rifle to his son and it becomes a hockey stick. It ends in the Montreal Forum on the night of November 15, 1976, when Montreal Canadien fans turn a hockey game into an election victory rally for the indépendantiste Parti Québécois. In between, it is a play about Quebec and Canada using hockey as a metaphor—and a play about hockey using Quebec and Canada as its setting. Les Canadiens was commissioned by and first performed at Centaur Theatre in Montreal in February, 1977. The book contains a preface by Ken Dryden, former goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, and an introduction on hockey, politics and theatre by Rick Salutin.

ISBN 13: 9780889221222 | ISBN 10: 889221227
6 W x 9 H inches | 192 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000

QUOTES OF NOTE

“An examination of the Canadiens has never been mastered so well—even in a town that searches every pore of its sports heroes.”
Montreal Gazette

AWARDS

Winner of the 1978 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

About the Contributors

Rick Salutin

His play Les Canadiens (1977), written with an “assist” by hockey great Ken Dryden, won a Chalmers Award in 1978.

Ken Dryden

Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Dryden, PC, MP, is a Canadian politician, lawyer, businessman, author, and former NHL goaltender. Dryden is married with two children and two grandchildren and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Les Canadiens
Les Canadiens

Rick Salutin & Ken Dryden
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