The picture above is of Rocket Richard enjoying his true passion - fishing. Accompanied in this image by Butch Bouchard, the photo is part of a Charles Wilkins snapshot of the Rocket in the May 2006 edition of Outdoor Canada magazine. The article gives a great insight into Maurice Richard the man, not the hockey player, and his other passion. His love of fishing many times exceeded his love of hockey, and he even tried to make it his professional life after hockey.
I tried finding an online link to the article, but I had no luck. I was able to find Outdoor Canada archived articles on the fishing adventures of Mike Richards, Kris King, Brendan Morrison, Johnny Bower, and most notably Bill Barilko. The legend of Bill Barilko grew on his final fishing trip. His plane would disappear and mystery would ensue.
The whole point of this post is a) to introduce the Wilkins article to those who are interested and b) to give people a heads up that I'm going on vacation until about July 22nd. Internet connections will be sparse and I plan on doing no updates until I get back.
Although I will be enjoying the great outdoors of British Columbia and Alberta, I will not be doing any fishing. I will be enjoying the Canadian Rockies, specifically Mount Robson, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. I will also be looking for big city life in Edmonton (West Edmonton Mall) and Calgary [no, I won't be going to the Bon Jovi concert :^( ], as well as the dry heat of Drumheller and the Alberta badlands.
But my mind is never far from hockey, and I will come back refreshed and ready to hit it hard all summer long. See you then!