The Canadian Press, Sat. Sep. 10 2011 2:21 PM ET
TORONTO — Keira Knightley risked rankling a Toronto audience by striding into a film festival press conference with a Montreal Canadiens jersey slung across her shoulders.
The British movie star says she did so at the bidding of her “Dangerous Method” co-star Viggo Mortensen, who is a big Habs fan.
Mortensen says he gave his co-star a “thorough coaching” on the politics of Canadian hockey before coming out. He proudly displayed a Habs jersey bearing the name Lafleur on the back, as well as a Scott Gomez sweater.
Knightley says they thought it would get the ire of their Toronto-bred director, David Cronenberg, and it did.
Cronenberg called the stunt “perverse” and expressed mock dismay that it didn’t seem to bother Knightley.
Knightley says she actually has no idea who hockey hero Guy Lafleur is, but says she expects her career to take off in Montreal after the appearance.
“Actually, I have to admit I have no idea what the jersey is…. He told me it would wind David up so we decided it would be a good idea,” Knightley said Saturday, gesturing to Mortensen who sat beside her.
“Something about a blond demon, I don’t know what that means.”
“I’m going to be huge in Montreal after this.” We just have one thing to add: Go Habs Go!
As the NHL season draws to a close, we will enter into a hockey withdrawal state….and to stop this from happening you will need to read some good hockey books during the off-season.
Ken Dryden’s The Game has been hailed as the best hockey book ever written and included in Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 best sports books of all time. Dryden was one of my idols growing up (along with Guy Lafleur, the Flower Power) so this book has a special place in my heart.
Dryden played goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, a true and longtime hockey dynasty. During Dryden’s eight seasons with the Canadiens in the 1970s, the team won the Stanley Cup six times. Dryden does not fit the stereotype of a hockey player. He is one of hockey’s most intelligent and insightful commentators. He “retired” for one season due to a contract dispute and decided to finish requirements for a law degree. He is currently a member of the Canadian Parliament. The Game is both thoughtful and articulate and I highly recommend reading this book. You can pick up a copy at either Amazon or your local book store (ie. B and N, Chapters).
The next hockey book I recommend is different: Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool? Follow the true exploits of the most celebrated of sport’s trophies beyond the champagne toasts and all-star embraces. Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool is a wild, globe-trotting romp filled with zany, surprising, and often touching accounts of what really happens once hockey’s greatest quest has been conquered and the celebration begins-off the ice.
What did the sport’s greatest players do when, king for a day, they spent an eventful twenty-four hours with the Stanley Cup? The prestigious trophy has held everything from beer to infants, and has been carted from Moscow’s Red Square to Bob’s Big Boy. Why is The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool? includes:
- Stories of raw emotion and personal triumph-a visit to MIKE KEANE’S one-hundred-year-old grandmother’s nursing home, and a presentation by JOE NIEUWENDYK to his blind professor during a reception at Cornell University
- Raucous anecdotes of high comedy-nights abandoned on street corners, visits to strip clubs, golf course hi-jinks, and a trip to the bottom of MARIO LEMIEUX’S pool
- Unbelievable twenty-four-hour world travel to Sweden, Russia, and beyond, mysterious tales of the Stanley Cup ghost, and reflections from hockey’s greatest of the greats -HOWE, GRETZKY, ESPOSITO, and HULL
Would you drink from the Stanley Cup if you knew where it had been? This is one of the funniest hockey book I have ever read. Being a hockey fan, I ate these stories up like no tomorrow. You don’t need to be a crazy fan like myself to enjoy the stories though. The Stanley Cup is definately the most well traveled hunk of silver around and its story is still being written.
I will post some more good hockey books shortly. I am still impatiently waiting for McFarlane Toys to make a Ken Dryden figure in his classic stance. They did release a Guy Lafleur figure which you can buy online at: cmdstore.com. We have tons of other hockey figures that you can check on the site.