December 04, 2014

Morbid Curiosity: Hockey's Grave Situation

The hockey world has lost a lot of heroes lately. Jean Beliveau. Pat Quinn. Murray Oliver. Gilles Tremblay. Viktor Tikhonov. All in the last couple of weeks, too. And, sadly, we are all hoping against hope that Gordie Howe will live forever.

All of this got me a little bit curious. Morbidly curious, I admit, but curious. What would hockey legends' graves look like? If I wanted to pay my respects, would I be wowed or underwhelmed.

So off to Find A we go. Here's what I found:

Rocket Richard, no surprisingly, has a pretty amazing memorial at Montreal's Notre Dame des Neiges cemetary:

Another grandiose plot belongs to that of the Russian great Valery Kharlamov, in Moscow:

Howie Morenz shares his final resting spot modestly with family at Mount Royal cemetery in Montreal:

Tim Horton lies at York Cemetery in Toronto. His marker is grand and modern, almost making me wonder if it is not the original marker. Perhaps some of that timbits money paid for a new one?

Brothers Frank and Lester Patrick may be two of the most important figures in hockey history. If you walked by their graves in Victoria's Royal Oak Burial Park, you never assume someone so important lay there.

Another great builder, Conn Smythe, has something a little more adequate in Toronto's Park Lawn Cemetery:

King Clancy has a simple yet elegant memorial at Toronto's Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery.

Meanwhile, back over at Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto, Clancy's ol' buddy Harold Ballard's is grand but cold:

I was disappointed not to find Cyclone Taylor. Apparently he is buried in Burnaby, BC.

Would you go visit the grave of one of your favorite hockey legends?

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