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    ISBN: 9780889221222 | Paperback

    192 pages | Pub. Date: 19770101
    6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.5 D inches
    Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
    Rights: WORLD

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.

“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

By Rick Salutin

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

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Preface by 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.

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