The Montreal Canadiens

Rethinking a Legend

Edited by Nicolas Moreau & Audrey Laurin-Lamothe
Translated by Howard Scott
With Marie-Pier Rivest
Categories: Sport: general, Sports and Active outdoor recreation
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Paperback : 9781442626331, 144 pages, August 2015

Table of contents

Introduction: The Montreal Canadiens as a Social Fact (Audrey Laurin-Lamothe and Nicolas Moreau and Marie-Pier Rivest)

Chapter 1: The Richard/Campbell Affair: Hockey as a Vehicle for Quebec Francophone Affirmation (Suzanne Laberge)

Chapter 2: The Passion of the Canadiens on the Red Line: between Faith and Idolatry (Olivier Bauer)

Chapter 3: We are Habs and Normative (Nicolas Moreau and Chloé Nahas)

Chapter 4: The Montreal Canadiens as a Popular Object: Representations of Tradition (Fannie Valois-Nadeau)

Chapter 5: Is Culture a Factor Here? The Implications of the Corporation of the Montreal Canadiens for Quebec Society (Audrey Laurin-Lamothe)

Chapter 6: “The City is Hockey”: Beyond the Slogan, a Quest for Identity (Jonathan Cha)

Chapter 7: “Bread and circuses”: Reading Juvenal in Montreal (Alain Deneault)

Conclusion: The Quebecness of the Montreal Canadiens (Nicolas Moreau and Audrey Laurin-Lamothe)


One of the most famous and certainly most successful professional hockey teams of all time, the Montreal Canadiens are practically a national institution in Québec society. More than any other team, the Habs play an important role in the identity, economy, and culture of their home town and province. The essays in The Montreal Canadiens: Rethinking a Legend offer a panoramic view of this influence. Featuring a wide range of writing on Le Grand Club and its social significance, the book offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on one of Canada’s greatest sports teams.


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