The Hockey Sweater by Roch CarrierThe Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

The Hockey Sweater

byRoch CarrierIllustratorSheldon CohenTranslated bySheila Fischman

Paperback | September 1, 1985

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In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?
Roch Carrier is Canada’s National Librarian and the beloved author of many Canadian classics for both adults and children. In 1968 he published his hugely successful novel, La Guerre, Yes Sir!. He has written many novels, short stories, plays, film and television scripts, essays, travel books, and poetry. Several of his works have beco...
Title:The Hockey SweaterFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:24 pages, 9.75 × 9 × 0.13 inShipping dimensions:9.75 × 9 × 0.13 inPublished:September 1, 1985Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887761747

ISBN - 13:9780887761744


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warm and pcituresque Short but sweet. An charming story about a boy who wants a Maurice Richard Montreal Canadians Sweater but gets a Toronto Maple Leafs one instead. It is very well illustrated and really gives you the feel of actually being in the setting in the story. Strongly recommended especially for Hockey Fans
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book An awesome book. I love reading this book growing up,
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A True Canadian Classic Who can call themselves a hockey fan without reading "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier? This tale captures an era in not only hockey history between the rival Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens but the history of Canada as well. A must-read favourite for any age group.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Classic hockey tale for the hockey family. Cute story.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic A true Canadian classic. A great story to read.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic tale of a poor Habs fan who *gasp* has to wear a Toronto jersey As a Montrealer who grew-up with parents who remember the era of Maurice Richard, this book is especially meaningful. A must for any young Montreal Canadiens fan who can just imagine the sting of having to wear a Maple Leafs jersey in front of their friends. The horror is palatable.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! A must own for any hockey family!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A great kids story about hockey. I read it when I was little and now my nephew reads it. A Canadian classic!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true Classic! I remember reading this book as a kid, as well as seeing the short film is school! Got it for my niece and nephew because it is such a great story!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The boys love! The boys love this book. Everything hockey is great for them!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian Classic... What is more Canadian than a story about hockey. This book is my go to when I am in need of a gift for a young child. Not only will the kid like it, but chances are their parents will have found memories of it as well.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Down with the Leafs Funny story for kids about receiving the wrong Hockey Sweater. Very cute. A Canadian classic.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Canadian Children's Tale This is a beloved national story and for good reason. Highlights hockey team rivalry in a poignant, funny way.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favs this is such a classic story, its a must for any hockey fan growing up
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Wonderful Book The Hockey Sweater is a true Canadian classic. It's a wonderful book which portrays a young boy's love for the greatest sports franchise in the world - The Montreal Canadiens. A passage from Rock Carrier's book once graced the back of the Canadian $5 dollar bill along with the image of children playing hockey on an outdoor rink. Then Mr. Harper decided to extinguish it and replace it with images from the space program. Some hockey fan.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I read as a child. This is a great story. Whether you're a sports fan or not, this captures what loyalty means to kids wonderfully. A nice glimpse into Canadiana as well as anglo-franco dynamics in our culture. I'd recommend this to all parents to read to their kids. And, a Canadiens sweater is better than the Leafs' any day.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic he Hockey Sweater is such a nice little childrens book that can melt the heart of any hockey fan no matter how old. The book is great for young people, the illustrations are adorable and there is some hockey history laid in the book as well. It is a nice look back on a semi-forgotten time and it is nice to introduce old-school hockey to the youngsters. I am going to read this book to my nephew once he is old enough and if that is not recommendation enough to get your hands on this book yourself, then I am lost for words.
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic for kids of all ages! This amusing story builds on our love of skating, rinks, hockey and wearing the sweater of our favourite team. Canadians share this heritage and this gives us a certain identity that transcends regional and language issues.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! what an awesome book!
Date published: 2003-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book For Every Canadian Every morning, on my way to work I listen to Z 103 in Toronto. They were talking about this book and someone called in because they never heard of this book. ARE YOU CANADIAN? I remember that we read this book in both French and English at school. I loved it and still do. As a matter of fact, my boyfriend is a huge Toronto fan, so with me being a Habs fan, I think I may have found the perfect gift for him. This book should be read by every Canadian, especially hockey fans. But if you are really Canadian, you would be a hockey fan.
Date published: 2002-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of Canada This is a book that I have added to my son's collection of books that I know he will pass on to his children. Cherished memories are to be shared.
Date published: 2001-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sweater As all the other reviewers have noted, this book is a Canadian classic and a must for everyone's library. You don't have to be a hockey fan (I'm not) nor a sports enthusiast to appreciate the warmth and humour presented by the dilema the boy, who is a Canadien's fan faces -- to wear a Toronto jersey or not play hockey. I would also like to suggest to the readers to watch the NFB production of this story. It is very well presented and as amusing as the book.
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hockey Sweater This book is a must for every young Canadian as well as every library in this country. The book is beautifully told of a young Canadien fan who wanted a Rocket Richard jersey but instead got a Maple Leaf jersey but the story has magical moments and the illustrations are just incredible. The death of Maurice Richard not only saddened Canadians, particularly those who follows Le Rouge, Blanc, and Bleu but hockey and Canada lost an ambassador. This books will also inspired those to study Canadian history and culture and gives us an understanding just how much hockey means to Canada. Maurice Richard was a legend and will always be remembered not by those who watched him and met him but also for reading too.
Date published: 2000-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A piece of Canadian history. This is the kind of story that you find once in a life time. I can remember having it read to me almost 20 years ago, and as with anyone who has read it, I have never forgotten it. It sums up what it is to be young in Canada, where hockey is a way of life.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hockey Sweater This book is awesome. For anyone who has a favorite hockey team you can really appreciate the humour in this book. My boys love it when their dad reads it to them with his french accent....especially seeing as he is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan!
Date published: 2000-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great kids book I first heard this story narrated by the Canadian Film Board, and was instantly charmed by it. It's a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone, child or adult alike.
Date published: 2000-06-01

From Our Editors

In this beloved story, see what happens when a Toronto Maple Leaf sweater is sent to a young Montréal Canadien fan by mistake. Forced to wear it to the hockey rink -- where everyone else wears Maurice 'Le Rocket' Richard's red, white and blue -- funny things start happening to the little boy. Young and old hockey fans will understand and empathize with Roch Carrier's classic Canadian story. Sheldon Cohen's delightful illustrations bring The Hockey Sweater vividly to life.

Editorial Reviews

One of BookRiot's 50 Must-Read Canadian Children’s and YA BooksPRAISE FOR The Hockey Sweater:"Stephen Harper said the book ‘still touches the hearts of Canadian hockey fans, young and old.’ . . . Justin Trudeau, who would become Prime Minister, called it ‘an iconic depiction of a truly Canadian experience.’” --Roy Macgregor, Globe and Mail"It's a classic. . . . You can't really be a Canadian and not read it. It's become part of our cultural lexicon." --Canadian Children's Book News". . . not only sweet and funny, but a wise parable about Quebec and English Canada." --Toronto Star". . . Roch Carrier's timeless book about a boy's catalogue snafu resonated across this hockey-mad country--because who didn't understand the horror of receiving the enemy's hockey sweater in the mail?"“[A] true-life parable woven so deeply into the national fabric that it’s hard to conceive of a time when it wasn’t there.” --Toronto Sun