I remember one time as a child visiting the Coles bookstore in Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ontario. It was Christmas and my older sisters were selling electric organs in Woolco. Wendy and Debbie were paid to play songs on those instruments so people would purchase them hoping their kids could do the same.
I’m sure my parents were hugely proud of both those girls, and wanted my little sister and I to witness our siblings’ successes. But eventually I would sneak out in search of Brian McFarlane’s new book, 50 Years of Hockey — A History of the National Hockey League. I thought 50 years was an eternity at the time. Now this upcoming hockey season will be my 50th.