M988.176.371 | Yvan Cournoyer

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Drawing, cartoon
Yvan Cournoyer
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
February 1, 1975, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and film on paper
39.2 x 28 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

"Most Montrealers are as addicted to sports - particularly to hockey - as they are to politics, so I enjoy offering up the occasional sports-related cartoon for The Gazette's editorial page. For a while during the 1975 hockey season, Yvan Cournoyer, one of my favourite hockey players, was having trouble scoring. So I drew this cartoon of a frustrated Cournoyer in a straightjacket, kicking the puck and yelling "HOSTIE!". There was great debate at The Gazette about whether to run the cartoon, given the impropriety of the expression. Finally, the newspaper decided to go ahead, it being generally agreed this was exactly what a frustrated Cournoyer would say! The experience with this cartoon suggests that if you're going to cross certain social lines in a newspaper, it might be best to do so first in cartoons."

Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)

  • What

    The 1979 hockey season was to be Yvan Cournoyer's last. Back problems, stemming from a back operation he had undergone several years earlier, were slowing down the star player.

  • Where

    Montreal is home to the "Canadiens." Founded in 1909, the hockey team has always been a rallying symbol for the city's francophone population.

  • When

    From 1976 to 1979, the Montreal Canadiens won four straight Stanley Cups. It was only the second time in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) that a team had won the coveted award four years in a row. However, the team that many thought invincible lost a bit of its lustre in the following seasons.

  • Who

    Yvan Cournoyer, a native of Drummondville known for his speed and scoring ability, played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1964 to 1979.