The Inspiration For The Richler Cup

Mordecai Richler being interviewed by his son, Daniel, who will be presenting the trophy to this year’s Richler Cup

“Many people don’t know that Mordecai Richler was a snooker fan,” says Patrick Guigui, President of Snooker Canada, “but he had a real passion. Reading his book, On Snooker, I was surprised how it bordered on the kind of obsession—the kind that can only be recognized by people with similar vision. Whatever Mordecai did was larger than life and relevant for the country, so it would be disappointing if this snooker prize wasn’t the largest in Canada. I have a feeling he’d be smiling if he knew this was happening.”

From his youthful days as a poolroom hustler, playing truant from Baron Byng High School, Mordecai Richler remained a snooker devotee. In On Snooker, in his inimitable style, he delves into that eccentric world with pith and perception. Outrageously funny, passionate and thoroughly researched on snooker tables from Montreal to Dublin, On Snooker takes us on an entertaining journey through the story and world of snooker, and introduces us to the game’s great players and bad boy champions. It is a book that lovers of great sports writing will cherish, from a masterful storyteller.

If you’d like to read the book that inspired the founding of Snooker Canada’s Richler Cup, you can buy it here:

Author: Patrick Guigui

Patrick Guigui is the founder and President of Snooker Canada. His mission is to promote and develop the game of snooker on a nationwide basis. This will be done with a team of quality people who share the same values and goals and commit to doing so with professionalism and integrity.

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