MacGregor, Ferguson ©2020

From an editor’s perspective there is a lot to not like about this photo. There’s some kind of craziness going on in the reflection off the glass, and Bruce MacGregor is not holding his stick like a hockey player should. But I love it. Bruce’s uncoloured leather gloves are gorgeous, and there is something innocent about the way the tape on the knob of his stick looks so haphazardly attended to.

Yet I find this photograph’s most fascinating feature to be John Ferguson’s sweater. I think 1967 was the last year when hockey sweaters were made out of common, clingy cloth instead of modern-day materials meant to repel water and resist damage. Fergy’s sweater makes him look manly in ways that today’s jerseys actually hide rather than enhance.


David Ward authors books like The Lost 10 Point Night and Bay of Hope.

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