Thursday, March 17, 2005

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is, by far, the day I miss Montreal the most each year...

Aside from being St. Paddy's Day, today is also the fiftieth anniversary of the Rocket Richard riot. In La Presse today, they reprinted Maurice Richard's own account of the "emeute" that he wrote in 1995.
It's interesting to learn that Richard thought the unrest had very little to do with Quebec nationalism, which is the usual historical interpretation of events. "Je ne crois pas que le phénomène ait été de nature nationaliste, comme certains l'ont laissé entendre," he wrote. "Il y avait peut-être un peu de ça, mais surtout la colère des amateurs de hockey, exploitée par des réactionnaires."

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