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.