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The Sweater

The Sweater

| 10 min

In this animated short, Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshipped Maurice "Rocket" Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, the boy was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton's. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he must face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team. This short film, based on the book The Hockey Sweater, is an NFB classic that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages.

  • director
    Sheldon Cohen
  • animation
    Sheldon Cohen
  • producer
    Marrin Canell
    David Verrall
  • executive producer
    Derek Lamb
  • animation camera
    Jacques Avoine
    Raymond Dumas
    Richard Moras
    Pierre Landry
  • script
    Roch Carrier
  • narrator
    Roch Carrier
  • English text
    Sheila Fischman
  • sound
    Roger Lamoureux
  • editing
    David Verrall
  • sound editing
    Normand Roger
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel


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Ages 10 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

English Language Arts - CanLit
English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Health/Personal Development - Identity
Media Education - Film Animation

Warning: Alcohol consumption. This pleasing depiction of rural Quebec culture is a perfect complement to history, geography or social studies lessons on that province. Students can compare their own experiences with the film’s references to traditions and family life. Opportunities to discuss the role of sports/hobbies in the development of community and self-concept. How important are heroes/idols to children? Why do we need these figures? Have students retell an important memory from their childhood. Research who Maurice Richard was and explain his role in Carrier’s story.

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