One of today’s celebrity torchbearers in Vancouver is Richard Brodeur, Vancouver Canucks alumnus.
Richard Brodeur may be best known as “King Richard”, the Vancouver Canucks goalie for eight exciting seasons during his sixteen year career in the N.H.L., but Richard has another creative side. He began studying art in high school and continued studying with professionals in Quebec during the off season. After retiring from the N.H.L., Richard made his home in the Greater Vancouver area and works locally from his studio.
Richard’s artwork will be featured at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery together with other gallery artists next month for the Art on Ice Exhibition.
Richard’s influences include the Group of Seven, Remy Clark and Claude Picher. He works in acrylic, oils and watercolour and uses rich colour and light to create many beautiful and diverse paintings. His paintings of outdoor pond hockey in the Canadian winter bring back fond memories of childhood. His paintings travel from “sea to sea”, from Ambleside to Peggy’s Cove and capture many of Canada’s most beautiful natural scenes and seasons.
As the Canucks superstar goalie, Brodeur earned the title “King Richard” during the Canuck Stanley Cup run in 1982. Playing 377 games for the Canucks, he set the team record for most games played for the 1980’s. He was named the team MVP three times.
Richard will be at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery for the “Art on Ice” Show Preview on March 25, 2010. Tonight at 7 pm he will be carrying the Olympic Flame. Go, Richard, Go!