Stapleton, Hall ©2020

This image is obviously underexposed, and the ref’s butt, intrusive. But those flaws just help me to enjoy it more; I’ve found something special that was almost thrown away. I can see Pat Stapleton, what appears to be Pierre Pilote’s left skate, and the great Glenn Hall in goal.

Hall’s playing load that season (’66-67) was significantly lower than usual, yet his record was an impressive 19-5-5 as he and teammate Denis Dejordy shared the Vezina. The Hawks as a team played some wonderful hockey, finishing in first place before the playoffs arrived where the Leafs upset them early. All that and more, captured here, on less than perfect celluloid.


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

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  1. Is that the puck-just wide of the post and Hall’s outstretched glove?

    1. i think the rangers scored on this play, brad. i say this because i’ve got a second image (from what i’m pretty sure is the same sequence) where hall and stapleton look considerably dejected while phil goyette celebrates a goal. thanks for asking.

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