M2007.69.525 | Maurice Richard in Heaven
Maurice Richard in Heaven
Garnotte (alias Michel Garneau)
2000, 21st century
Ink on card
22.7 x 30.5 cm
Gift of M. Michel Garneau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cherub (2) , Culture / Sports (256) , Death (10) , figure (1849) , group (644) , Heaven (14) , history (162) , hockey (86) , male (1608) , Maurice Richard (7) , Montreal (409) , Montreal Canadiens (26) , People (413) , Religion (39) , Riot (2) , Social stakes (275) , sports (154) , Sports personalities (50) , St. Peter (2) , Symbolic representation (411)
Keys to History
Alluding to the riot that occurred at the Montreal Forum in 1955, an angel suggests to St. Peter that he send Maurice Richard straight to heaven to avoid angering his fans. They had been outraged by National Hockey League president Clarence Campbell's decision to suspend Richard for the last three games of the 1954-1955 regular season and for the playoffs.
The demonstrations that followed Richard's death showed just how popular he was with Quebeckers.
The gates of heaven and purgatory are mythical places associated with the Roman Catholic faith.
This imaginary scene is supposed to take place a few days after Richard's death on May 27, 2000.
One of the most famous players in Montreal Canadiens' history, Maurice Richard played in the National Hockey League from 1942 to 1960.