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Legend of the Rocket lives on

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Quebec Museum of Folk Culture celebrates Richard's glorious career

Included in the exhibit on the Rocket will be the last jersey Maurice Richard wore as a member of the Canadiens.

MONTREAL - In the province of Quebec, the legacy of Maurice "The Rocket" Richard continues to be felt. With a feature film about the Rocket's life soon to be released and now his very own exhibition at the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture set to debut, No. 9 clearly remains No. 1 in the hearts of hockey fans everywhere.

Located in downtown Trois-Rivieres, the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture is hosting the traveling exhibition "Rocket" Richard: The Legend - The Legacy. Produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization and sponsored by Canada Post, the exhibition recounts the life and career of one of Canada's greatest sports heroes.

To open the exhibition, the Museum has invited individuals named Maurice Richard from all over Canada. And so, on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, over twenty homonyms of the Montreal Canadiens legend will meet and gather, many for the first time. The event is the initiative of Becancour's mayor, who also happens to be named Maurice Richard.

The story of the Rocket and his special relationship to Quebec and Canada will be on display in this unique exhibition, and will featureitems from his own memorabilia collection, fan scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, videos and rare artifacts. Included will be artifacts from the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Collection from 1940 to 1960. These objects are particularly resonant to Canadians, telling one of the central stories of Canada's cultural, political, and social history.

Highlights include a 3-D timeline of his goal-scoring career, photos and accounts of the 1955 "Richard Riot", paintings of the Rocket in action, a Maurice Richard lamp, Rocket soup and Rocket bread wrap, plus the last Number 9 sweater he wore as a member Canadiens.  Songs about the Rocket are also featured, along with an explanation of why the Canadian $5 bill is a memorial to this hockey legend.

"Rocket" Richard: The Legend - The Legacy is presented at the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture from Sept. 10, 2005, to Feb. 26, 2006.

Manny Almela is a writer for

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