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The Hockey Sweater: A Musical

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts Montreal
  • Book and Lyrics by Emil Sher
  • Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Monro
  • Based on the short story The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
  • Directed and Choregraphed by Donna Feore

The Hockey Sweater: A Musical is a heartfelt addition to the growing canon of Canadian musical theatre.  Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, a timeless Quebec story that has charmed generations of children and adults, has been reinvented for the stage in a spectacular new family musical. 

The Hockey Sweater: A Musical premiered in Montreal in 2017 as a celebration of Montreal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversaries.  It features a cast of 17, including a company of eight actors between the ages of 10 and 13 years old who sing, dance and skate their way through the production. With overwhelmingly positive audience and critical response, the show is being redeveloped to continue its trajectory to become an enduring family musical for the country, and beyond.


The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is dedicated to nurturing, producing, and presenting world-class English-language theatre, and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond.  Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals, and engaging productions with universal appeal.  The Segal also believes in the importance of celebrating and exploring Jewish identity through the arts.

Creative team

  • Book and Lyrics by Emil Sher
  • Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Monro
  • Based on the short story The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
  • Directed and Choregraphed by Donna Feore
  • Producer Penny Ritco
  • Original short story translated into English Sheila Fischman
  • Original short story published by House of Anansi Press
  • Musical Direction Jonathan Monro
  • Orchestrator Oran Eldor
  • Dramaturgy (NAC Production) Adam Mathias
  • Set and Costume Designer Michael Gianfrancesco
  • Costume Co-Designer Louise Bourret
  • Lighting Designer Luc Prairie
  • Projection Design Normal Studio
  • Head of Sound Peter Balov
  • Assistant Director Ann Baggley
  • Associate Musical Director Nick Burgess
  • Assistant Choreographer Tina Desrochers
  • Casting Dayton/Walters Casting, CSA CDC

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $200,000 enabled the Segal Centre to bring in a musical theatre dramaturg to work with the creators to refine the script and score. The Fund’s investment also provided additional rehearsal and development time with the entire creative team to incorporate changes to the original production, including adjustments to the set to facilitate touring.


A Segal Centre for Performing Arts production. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Originally commissioned and premiered by The Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Lisa Rubin, Artistic and Executive Director; Jon Rondeau, General Manager), Montreal 2017, developed with and directed and choreographed by Donna Feore.

The production acknowledges the goodwill of the National Hockey League and its Member Teams for granting permission to use logos and trademarks.  Special thanks to Maurice Richard, Jr. and the Richard Estate for supporting this project.

Recent updates

December 9, 2018

The Hockey Sweater skates up an exuberant musical storm

The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, the decisively Canadian show now at the National Arts Centre, is risky business.  Co-creators Emil Sher and Jonathan Munro have taken Roch Carrier’s simple, beloved story about a hockey-mad ten-year-old boy in a post-Second World War Quebec village... Read more

December 8, 2018

Hockey Sweater musical scores with singing, dancing and stagecraft

The first thing that struck me about The Hockey Sweater: A Musical is how well Canada’s national winter game lends itself to song-and-dance treatment. For starters, skating has a natural flow that suits the art of choreography, even when practised by inline skaters on a... Read more

December 7, 2018

Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater is a constant thread of Canadian culture

He was told to pack light – though weight would be irrelevant for the 187 days Robert Thirsk would be spending aboard the International Space Station. The issue, rather, was space – so little individual space in limitless outer space – and the Canadian astronaut would have to... Read more

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Performance dates

Previous Performances

December 5 to 23, 2018:  Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa) presented by NAC English Theatre

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