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If this photo was your introduction to hockey, you would probably think the sport required relatively few competitors to play. Like doubles tennis.

You would have no sense of how crowded the playing surface can feel for the people who participate, how fast and colourful the game is, or that the athletes are constantly colliding. I bet you couldn’t comprehend how injuries have haunted the game since its start. Or that specialized players in oversized padding are required to protect the open cages at each end of the arena. Plus, you might wonder how the Montreal Forum could, in 1967, regularly attract 15,551 fans to watch so few players play with the puck like Floyd Smith appears to be here.

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

 

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