Earlier I mentionned that humour seems to forge roots across most other media platforms in Québec.
But I also mentioned that sports pop-culture comprises its own separate (but parallel) pop-culture world. In the evenings, especially on cold winter nights, the streets may be dark, quiet, and cold, but when you see the lights lit up inside homes across Québec, there’s a good chance people are watching a game of hockey, or the analysis and commentary programs about the sport (most of the time revolving around the Canadiens de Montréal – the Habs). This phenomenon is definitely not unique to Québec, but the number of sports shows on television and radio are much more numerous, per capita, in Québec than elsewhere in Canada.
If we were all kids, and this was the playground, you wouldn’t be considered one of the cool “in” kids if you didn’t know who these people were. Even in the more “artsy, wine-sipping” circles of Québec pop-culture, you’ll find these sports personalities are regularly talked about on television.
Another famous name is sports show host Dave Morissette.
He’s an interesting and imposing fellow, who’s deep, raspy voice is instantly recognizable, and who adds his own diverse background to the mix. Whereas Ron Fournier was an NHL referee, Dan Savoie is a comedian, and Pierre Houde is a famous play-by-play announcer, Dave Morissette was an actual hockey player – but just as well known for his auxiliary league sports past as his NHL sports past.
In Canada, but notably in Québec, the auxiliary hockey leagues are followed like mad (even though Ottawa has an NHL team, you still have to get your Major Junior Hockey League Olympiques de Gatineau tickets in advance, or risk not getting a seat). Apart from having been an NHL player for the Habs, he also played for Canadian and American teams in the American Hockey league, the Québec Major Junior Hockey League, amongst some others.
He has a widened audience from having been a host or co-host of several different sports shows across various networks (RDS Sports TV network, and now on Le Match on the TVA & LCN Television Network). This guy can get right into it… he’s passionate… and when there are three or four other hosts on the show, each with their own opinions as to what’s happening on (and off) ice, it makes for raised voices and entrenched debate.
Dave Morissette is also sought as an actor in television ads, and other television shows (such as Fort Boyard filmed in France).
The next time your favorite team is playing the Habs at some point (that is if your favorite team isn’t the Habs), then take in the review of the match through Morissette’s perspective – and see if it reignites your passion for his or your team.