50 years ago in Moscow

50 years ago in Moscow

In the 1970s, Jacques Moreau was a popular figure in the media landscape, and specifically on the hockey field in Quebec. On the radio of CJMS-Radiomutuel and also on the screen of Télé-Métropole (TVA) almost daily. He was only 27 years old, credible, serious, no one was surprised that he was chosen as part of the team that broadcast the Century Series games on the radio.

Radio-Canada had the television rights, the radio rights had been won by Radiomutuel. Jacques was the describer, Rhéaume Brisebois the commentator, and the analyst was none other than Jean Béliveau, retired from the game for 15 months. A whole team.

Moreau, a tireless perfectionist, had first made it his religious duty to interrogate the interpreters to correctly pronounce each of the soviets’ names in his deep, powerful voice. After the 4 games played in Canada, the arrival in Moscow, in mid-September, was striking, vibrant.


Jacques Moreau poses here with the 33 rpm album of the most exciting moments of the Series of the Century recorded in 1972. Also the jacket he wore during the matches in Moscow.

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Jacques Moreau poses here with the 33 rpm album of the most exciting moments of the Series of the Century recorded in 1972. Also the jacket he wore during the matches in Moscow.

“Between the airport and the city center of the capital, there were soldiers everywhere, as well as many military monuments illustrating the bravery of the Soviets. In public places, women performed tasks normally reserved for men. Several men had left their lives or their health in wars, distant or recent conflicts”, says Moreau, remembering all the moments.

As soon as they checked into the Hotel Rossia, one of the largest on the planet that can hold more than 6,000 people, members of the Canadian media were shocked to learn at the counter that there would be two to a room.

Jacques ended up with Marc Thibault from Press and Jean Béliveau with the CJMS technician. It was obvious to most that they were being spied on, but we had nothing to hide.

“We couldn’t wait to get out, visit and board one of the most beautiful subways in the world. Each station was almost a museum. We knew we were being followed, but we laughed about it. »

Total change of scenery

A few weeks earlier, at the Saint-Laurent arena and at the Forum, Jacques Moreau, now 77, was impressed by the Soviets’ training and play. He quickly understood this clumsy distraction the visitors were trying to create by suggesting that the weak link in his team was his goalkeeper, number 20 Vladislav Tretiak. Hilarious when you consider that he has been an incredible dominant star throughout his career and especially during this difficult Series of the Century.

Moreau had noted the parallels and similarities between the game of the Soviets and the system deployed in soccer.

“A game of circular passes based on the tenacious and relentless possession of the puck. Instead of diving deep into opposing territory when trades became impossible as the Canadians did, Anatoli Tarasov’s disciples passed or returned to their zone to maintain control. As long as the opponent doesn’t have the puck, it’s all good, they told themselves. No unnecessary penalty shootouts. We shoot when there is a real chance to count.

and what’s next

Jacques Moreau, a native of Rouyn, knows his hockey. At 16, he was invited to the Canadian junior training camp the same year as fellow Abitibi Serge Savard.

Returning from the USSR, Jacques never claimed victory for Canada at the end of the Century Series. Canada was lucky to come back with their arms raised with that difference goal. The big winner is hockey, he will say, after describing these games to
Moscow directly above the lodge of Leonid Brezhnev, then President of the USSR.

Jacques returned to Canada rich in an extraordinary experience and, the day after his return, he received a phone call from Robert L’Herbier, the big boss of TVA. Jacques Moreau would become the first television reporter for a new World Association team… the Nordics.

Then he was to work on the description of Canadian matches on TVA. For 10 years, he was the official announcer for the Canadian Grand Prix. He was also the announcer for the Alouette house for a long time, and for 25 years, together with his children, he has run a sporting goods store in LaSalle. He is specialized in professional and amateur soccer.

Passez le voir un momento où il est moins occupé, vous repartirez notamment avec des anecdotes… de toutes les sortes, racontées dans un français sans faille qui, en passant, avait été hué au Maple Leafs Garden Toronto en 1974. Mais ça, it is something else.

of the enclave

  • Tomorrow in Thurso there will be a vigil in honor of lafleur boy who would have celebrated his 71st birthday on Tuesday. We expect many personalities from the region, as well as members of Guy’s family, who died 5 months ago.
  • Yes, in fact he is the champion hockey player. Marie Philip Poulin which is at the heart of Tim Hortons “Smile Cookie” ad. Brilliant the Beauceronne.
  • Scott Bowman, a little boy from Verdun, celebrates his 89th birthday today. Five Stanley Cups with Montreal, one in Pittsburgh and three in Detroit. Who says better? No one.
  • Until now, the youngest captain of a National League team will have been Connor McDavid in Edmonton named when he was 19 years and 274 days.
  • Former Alouettes and Ottawa linebacker Nicholas Boulay living a dream retirement on his farm near Orford, Eastern Townships. He played 107 games in the Canadian League. He wasn’t fat, but he was a hammer.
  • In the morning, he advises fishermen, in the afternoon you can pass the grader along the paths and in the early afternoon it is not impossible to see him washing the dishes. That is actual mass at your St-Zénon supplier. At 81, youth must pass.
  • The Canadiens will play eight preseason games next week, including four against the Senators.
  • In the Cage of Place Versailles, October 4, presentation of the book of patrick laprade on the life of Émile Bouchard (Free Expression). Émile marked the history of Quebec and not only in the field of sport.
  • He stands just under 6 feet tall and weighs 275 pounds. How Daniel Vögelbach for the New York Mets to play first base with an overweight like this? A phenomenon.
  • Among the Canadiens’ rookies in the Buffalo tournament, the most surprising is Owen Beck (18) who is already compared to Philip Danault. Beck, a center, was a second-round pick in the last draft.


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