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.
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.