Elected officials as well as many other dignitaries from the sporting world were on hand at Place Bell in downtown Laval last week for the unveiling of a sculpture depicting one of the all-time greats of professional hockey – the Pocket Rocket, Henri Richard.
“Henri Richard is without the least doubt a legend of hockey and a great Laval resident,” said Mayor Marc Demers. “This work pays homage at the same time to his exceptional career. It will also serve to inspire future generations of hockey players, including many from the Laval Rocket who train at Place Bell.
Richard family helped
“We would like to thank the Richard family which placed their trust in us and who played a role in the creation of this work by, among other things, taking part on a jury. It should also be remembered that the Cité de la culture also accepted with great enthusiasm to accept this work in its building.”
In November 2017, the City of Laval issued a call for bids for the sculpture. Out of 17 candidacies, the jury retained three who were invited to propose projects. The jury finally chose the proposal made by Louise Lemieux Bérubé. An amount of $75,000 was set aside by the city for it. The work in question can be admired at Place Bell during hours when it is open.