Is hockey a religion in Montreal? You be the judge.Films
The following is a guest post by our designer, Mivil Deschênes.
The founding myth
All religions need a founding myth. Montreal Canadiens fans tell tales of a golden age peopled with supermen who gorged on inch-thick steaks, smoked in the locker room and skated to victory after victory, their hair streaming behind them.
An intermediary between Heaven and Earth, the hero sacrifices himself by battling evil in our stead. In the glorious pantheon of the Montreal Canadiens, there is no better incarnation of the hero than Maurice Richard, glaring down opposing players as he barrels toward the net.
I still remember when I was about 10 years old, the father of one of my friends reverently brought out a real Canadiens’ jersey that had belonged to Mario Tremblay, with dried blood stains around the neck. There was definitely something religious about the emotion my friends and I felt when we saw that shirt.
But dogma is intolerant of heresy. Pity this poor little guy who was “benched” by the other villagers for daring to turn up at the rink wearing a Maple Leafs jersey.
Theological question: Can good exist without evil?
Answer: Not in sports.
The early days of the Quebec Nordiques are captured in the documentary Just Another Job – a candid portrait of a simpler time.
The ultimate goal of religion being to transcend, you’re now ready to rise above the material world and experience HA’Aki, which may very well be a look at the sport from the point of view of the Creator…
May you all have a great season.
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