MacGregor, Ferguson ©2018

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.

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

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