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The Sweater

3 Nov 2009

Is it Christmas yet? No?


Well, it is close enough for me to share one of my favourite childhood memories: “Le chandail de hockey” (“The Hockey Sweater”). If you grew up in Canada and are a hockey fan (really, Canadian and hockey fan should be synonymous), you probably know this classic short story:

Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshiped Maurice “Rocket” Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, he was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton’s. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he must face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team.

By the way, Eaton’s is now defunct and the Maple Leafs still suck.

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