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I try to imagine the hockey players that performed in my hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo before I was old enough to watch them. For teams like the EPHL’s Beavers, for example. The Beavers were only in town for two years (’60-61 and ’61-62), but they dressed some talented athletes.

Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle, Dave Balon, Don Cherry, Bryan Hextall, Jim Neilson, Leon Rochefort… I wonder what the twin cities felt like to Leon (#25), a young francophone, in the early ‘60s. I try to picture him shopping at Hi-Way Market, or skating with friends at Victoria Park.


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

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