Toronto Mike

The Sweater Turns 30


The National Film Board of Canada's animated short based on Roch Carrier's short story "The Hockey Sweater" is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

I always loved this short, and I assumed it was much older than 30.  I remember seeing it for the first time as a little kid so I figured it was already part of our cultural fabric.  It turns out I was seeing a new film.

It's late-1940s in rural Quebec and a mother sends away to Eaton's for a Canadiens hockey sweater for her Maurice Richard-idolizing son. To the boy's horror, he receives the hated blue and white jersey of the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs instead. Problems on the ice ensue, and only a desperate plea to God himself can remedy the situation.

Enjoy The Sweater from NFB.

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