In 60 years, Cameron will be 62, and he’ll sit in his Forum chair and he’ll tell anyone who will listen that when he was born there were only 30 teams, most players only made a million or three, and equipment the players wore was so basic it was almost laughable.
“They might as well have not even worn equipment,” he’ll tell them.
He’ll say with pride he saw legends like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin play many times on television, but of course in those days, TV screens were only 40 inches or so. “They were simpler times,” he’ll say wistfully as the kids move closer to hear. “We didn’t mind the small TV’s. We didn’t know any different. And speaking of small, most players back then were under six foot five, believe it or not.”
He’ll tell them his grandfather was a big Habs fan and that’s how he became one too. “Grandpa loved the Habs,” he’ll say with pride. “He even had a Habs blog. I remember him telling me about Carey Price and PK Subban and all those old fellows from back then. And from time to time he’d get misty-eyed when he’d talk about the Rocket and Beliveau who played a hundred years ago and he’d have to leave the room for a spell.Yes sir, he loved his Habs.”
“This is his chair that was passed down to me,” continues Cameron. “It’s from the old Forum and Grandpa had a friend make it into sort of a normal chair. But you kids wouldn’t know about the Forum. Heck, it was even before the Bell Centre which is long gone too.”
“Yep, I’d give my eye teeth to go back in time and see hockey from then, when it was real hockey, not like the homogenized stuff you see now in 3D and actual size, playing in your living room. It’s just a business now. Everyone wants to be a billionaire and many are already.
Back then, kids, it was real hockey.