“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.”
Henri Cartier- Bresson, Hockey Game (Stanley Cup). Inside locker room after game. Montreal, Canada, 1965
Henri Cartier-Bresson gets between the “skin and the shirt” of Montreal Canadien’s legendary team captain Henri Richard in the locker room during the 1965 Stanley Cup playoffs on home ice in Montreal. Henri Richard was to have his name inscribed a record eleven times on the cup—the NHL’s holy grail—during his twenty seasons as a professional hockey player.
Legend has it that a Canadian by the name of Pierre Lapin introduced the game of ice-hockey. He would implement a crooked stick to help him walk comfortably over the surface of the ice. This particular stick, also known as the first stick is now kept in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto. He swung the stick at a piece of a frozen beaver bladder and came up with the idea of ice hockey. The bladder fell short of a small bay which was an imitation of the goal post. Soon the whole idea developed into a game of ice hockey and many people began to play the game of hockey on the snow and icy area. The then Prime Minister Stanley Park decided to form a league of talented players and offer a prize to the winning team. A tea pot was offered as the prize. The prize soon began to set a trend for future games. In 1926, the National Hockey League (NHL) emerged unquestionably as the top league in North America and took official control of the cup. The tea-pot shaped prize now known as the Stanley cup is the most coveted trophy in the world of ice-hockey.
Happy Canada Day!