Mahovlich, Gilbert ©2020

This is another photo from Tony Triolo, for Pete Axthelm’s article about Rod Gilbert in the January 30, 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated. The magazine didn’t print this pic, but it was all part of Tony’s prep.

The player I want to talk about today however is the Leafs’ Frank Mahovlich. We know now that Frank was suffering from depression around the time Tony took this shot. Can you imagine what it was like for a man to be experiencing mental health issues in the ’60s, while working in the ultra-masculine, highly-public, disapproving world of pro hockey, for a prehistoric male like Punch Imlach? Poor Frank.


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

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