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.
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.
“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
?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
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