Funny and Moody: The Best of Aislin's Cartoons
Le Dossier Lindros
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1991, 20th century
Ink on paper
32.8 x 31 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Culture / Sports (256) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Eric Lindros (3) , hockey (86) , Mass media (86) , People (413) , sports (154) , Sports personalities (50)
Keys to History
"It's an accident of history that cartoons appear on the editorial pages of newspapers. In the 1890s, some editors decided that their editorials might be more eye-catching if they were illustrated. But their initiative backfired because head-strong cartoonists began demanding the right to express their own points of view.
In my experience, earnest editorialists and oddball cartoonists make an effort to get along, even if they remain a puzzle to each other. Occasionally, though, editorial writers get emotionally worked up about a subject. That happened all over Quebec when hockey player Eric Lindros announced that he would not play for Les Nordiques in Quebec City. Well! Didn't that create a collective round of righteous indignation, as reflected in the generic characters in this cartoon."
Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)
The Lindros Affair, as it was called, hit news headlines in 1991. Which hockey team would Lindros play for? What conditions would he demand? Would he sign up to play for the Quebec Nordiques? Everyone had an opinion : journalists, columnists, editorial writers - even Prime Minister Mulroney. Here, the cartoonist reveals his surprise at seeing people get so worked up over the NHL hockey draft.
The Quebec Nordiques were never able to really lay down roots and win over fans. They were usually at the bottom of the NHL rankings. One year after the club was moved to Colorado, the Avalanche - the new name of the franchise - succeeded in doing something that the Nordiques had not been able to do in sixteen seasons in Quebec City, win the Stanley Cup. The Lindros Affair was a good illustration of the problems that plagued the Nordiques: how could a team caught in a dwindling market and never able to top its league meet all of the demands of a star hockey player?
The city of Quebec was home to its own National Hockey League (NHL) team from 1979 to 1995. During that time, the Nordiques, who wore the colours of the capital city of Quebec, rarely ranked among the leading teams. The salary increases awarded to players by the NHL, along with the small size of the Quebec City market, eventually sounded the death-knell of the Nordiques.
Born in 1973 in London, Ontario, Eric Lindros played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1992 to 2000, and then for the New York Rangers.