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Richard Bercuson

Richard is a recently retired teacher and was head of English at an adult high school. He is a Master Instructor in Hockey Canada’s national coaching program for which he teaches and mentors adults in the fine art of coaching the game. Helping new writers then is merely an extension of what he’s always done.

Richard wrote for The Hockey News, the Montreal Gazette and Montreal’s Sunday Express. During those early days, he also was a sports columnist for both college and community papers. Other non-fiction work includes columns and features for The Ottawa Citizen and a variety of magazines, most recently as the health columnist for the men’s magazine Bounder. His stock-in-trade has been humor where he’s parlayed his self-deprecating quirky wit into both non-fiction and fiction success.

His short story “Dead Run” about a ghost who helps police solve his own murder won Canada’s Arthur Ellis award for best mystery short story. His fiction has also won a couple of regional humor awards while another short story was nominated as one of the top crime stories of 1999. He’s also created, written, and produced a number of stage shows that include adaptations of his stories.

Richard’s Credentials


  • Assume the Position: One Guy’s Journey Through Prostate Cancer (PCAO, 2008)
  • Inside Coaching Hockey (Hockey Eastern Ontario, 2010)

Freelance Work

  • Bounder magazine
  • Ottawa Citizen
  • The Walnut
  • MONITOR magazine
  • M2 Computer magazine
  • Ottawa Life magazine
  • Strive health magazine
  • Orleans Journal
  • Hockey Coaching Journal
  • The Hockey News
  • Hockey World magazine
  • Montreal Gazette
  • Montreal’s Sunday Express

Short Stories

  • Storyteller Magazine, 1995-2005


  • Arthur Ellis Award Winners (Quarry Prees, 1999)
  • The Grist Mill (Valley Writers Guild)
  • Canadian Marathon Stories (2007)
  • Sears Drama Festival Anthology, shortlisted


  • Various, Ottawa Fringe Festival
  • Sears One-Act Play Festival


  • TSN 1200, co-host
  • CFRB Toronto
  • CFCF Montreal
  • CBC Ottawa
  • Team 1200 Ottawa (The Running Show and iRun Show)