The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not so distantly — related. Along the way we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
Maurice Joseph Malone, hockey player (b at Sillery, Qué 28 Feb 1890; d at Montréal 15 May 1969). He turned professional with Québec Bulldogs in 1909, playing 7 years with them, 4 with the MONTREAL CANADIENS and 2 with Hamilton Tigers. Some of his scoring feats have never been matched.
Édouard Lalonde, "Newsy," hockey and lacrosse player (b at Cornwall, Ont 31 Oct 1887; d at Montréal 21 Nov 1970). He excelled at both sports and gained notoriety and fame for his intense competitiveness. He picked up his nickname during a stint as reporter and printer for the Cornwall Freeholder.
Stan "Stosh" Mikita, hockey player (b at Sokolce, Czech 20 May 1940). Born Stanislaus Gvoth, he took the name of his uncle after moving to St Catharines as a boy. He played junior hockey for the St Catharines Teepees and joined the Chicago Black Hawks for his first NHL season in 1959-60.
In 1975, alpine skier Ken Read became the first North American to win a World Cup downhill race. For a period of about ten years, Read and three other young Canadians — Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, and Steve Podborski — challenged the European ski establishment and changed the course of ski racing history in Canada.
Winnie Roach-Leuszler, swimmer (b at Port Credit, Ont 3 Feb. 1926; d at Surrey, BC 1 May 2004). Leuszler was the first Canadian to swim the English Channel. As a child she excelled in a wide range of sports both on land and in water but swimming soon emerged as her special talent.