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Maurice Richard Riot The most shameful incident in Canadian sports history occurred on March 17, 1955. A riot broke out during a Montreal-Detroit NHL game at the Montreal Forum and quickly spread to the streets. The fans were angrily reacting to the suspension of their hero, Maurice Richard. This is a CBC news clip that aired on the 50th anniversary.
Tags: hockey  Maurice  Richard  riot 
Added: 28th November 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-11-28 
Only in Canada...

This wasn't an anti-French-Canadian thing at all. Richard whacked a linesman with his stick. Clarence Campbell had to give him a long suspension. Of course it was spun as an anti-French act in Quebec. Believe me, it doesn't take much to incite French-Canadians into thinking something is anti-French.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-11-28 
Most Canadians I have known are of Anglo descent. But the few Franco Canadians I have known would disagree with you. And with a vengeance, too.

As was indicated in the report, Campbell didn't have to go there. He was there as a show of force. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-11-28 
Anglo-French relations are always a touchy subject in Canada. It's actually a major theme running through Canadian history.

Campbell claimed he had every right to go to the game since was was a season ticket holder. (Interesting that the president of the NHL had to buy a ticket to an NHL game back then.) I agree he showed poor judgement in attending. However, Campbell was in a no-win situation. Had he not shown up, he would have been called gutless by the same people who attacked him when he did show up.

It was unquestionably the worst night in the NHL's history. Not a great night for Canada either.
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