Volume 94, Issue 4

Friday, June 9, 2000


Athelte influx on the way - 2003 will mark a new challenge

Arena plans solidify - Western Fair, City ice deal

Hockey gods must be mad

Rocket Richard remembered

Rocket Richard remembered

The game of hockey lost a legend and the people of Quebec lost a cultural icon, with the recent passing of Maurice 'Rocket' Richard.

In Canada's history of sport, no athlete has been more loved by his fans than the man known by all as 'the Rocket.' The emotional bond Quebeckers felt for the Rocket ran so deep that it inspired a riot in 1955 when then-National Hockey League president Clarence Campbell, suspended Richard for the remaining eight games of the season and the balance of the play-offs, for striking a linesman.

Richard's burning desire and unbridled talent for scoring goals, especially in the playoffs, will be his lasting legacy. Richard's popularity transcends age – kids born some forty years after the Rocket retired seem to understand the majesty of the man.

Au revoir to a true hockey and Canadian hero.

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