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With so much pure white in this picture it reminds me of the hockey of my youth and all its innocence. It also represents some kind of freedom from contamination for me; I think that’s one of the reasons why hospitals paint their surgical rooms white.

This photo however is of the Detroit Olympia, which (along with the Red Wings) was owned by the Norris family for fifty years. The Norris’ also had significant financial control over the Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins for much of that time. Having that kind of control over four clubs in a six-team league seems anything but innocent, pure, and free of contamination.


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

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