Hockey Ladies Stir The Drink

Forget for a moment about suspensions and finger-biting and finger-taunting and stretchers during this Stanley Cup final.  Think for a bit about hockey wives, those beautiful creatures who keep the kids quiet during game-day naps, who have steaks or pasta ready in the afternoon, who listen as hubby goes on about how the coach doesn’t understand him.

The wives and girlfriends are the ones behind the scenes, playing a role almost as important as a linemate. Although Toe Blake might have disagreed.

These are beautiful Habs wives of one of the late 1950’s powerhouse teams that won five straight Stanley Cups. I”ve shown this picture before but it was smaller the last time and I’ve learned since how to make it bigger.

I love this picture. It was taken in the home of Maurice Richard, with many of the wives and girfriends obviously together to watch a game. Lucille Richard, wife of the Rocket, is in the white blouse, fourth from the left. The game looks tense.

4 thoughts on “Hockey Ladies Stir The Drink”

  1. OMG, that photo is hilarious. Would be funny to add bubbles and something humorous to say…
    Check out the top on the one second from the left, priceless!!!

  2. Dennis,

    Back in the day I was a regular visitor chez Richard and if I’m not mistaken the telly is in the other corner.

    The photographer was getting frustrated ’cause the ladies were just chatting in an unconcerned manner and not watching the game, so he had his assistant hurl the pet dog through the open window and into the road.

    Voila! Deeply concerned looks all round as the dog just avoids a passing car and the photographer has his shot.

    Mrs Richard smiling?

    Well, she never liked the mutt anyway.

    btw I’ve read several of the recent Globe and Mail articles on the Rome business via links on HIO. They’ve airbrushed Max from history. Not a mention be it about the mechanics of the incident in comparison to the hit on Horton or the striking difference in punishment despite Rome “being of previous good character”. Strange doncha think? What’s their beef apart from being in Toronto.

    And their claim that the Canucks are the NHL’s most hated team?

    Not in this house.

  3. That’s not it, Blue Bayou. You’re right, they not watching television, they’re watching me walking off into the sunset with Clarence Campbell’s secretary. It upsets me to see that Lucille wasn’t heartbroken.
    I certainly don’t understand why Chara got nothing and Rome gets four. I want to believe that deep in the soul of these bigshots, they know they screwed up with the Chara/Max incident. But then again, maybe they don’t feel they made a mistake. After all, their team is now in the finals.
    Canucks the league’s most hated team? Hah! Before the playoffs, most in the east spend about six seconds a year thinking about the Vancouver bunch. I guess if nothing else, Boston fans might now know the names of the Canucks players other than the Sedins and Luongo.

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