The National Hockey League — born in a Montreal hotel room on November 26, 1917 — has much to celebrate as it approaches its centenary. Millions of fans from Montreal to Miami and Edmonton to Anaheim attend NHL games leach year, millions more watch on TV and the league pays its best players multi-million annual salaries.
February 2011: St. Petes Times Forum. The visiting St. Louis Blues lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime. Tampa was one stop in 12-day, six-game tour of NHL sunbelt venues. Other stops included Raleigh, N.C., Atlanta, GA, and Sunrise, FL. Research for the next book–a history of the National Hockey League.
Outside the Canadiens dressing room. Bell Centre, Montreal. One of many visits to the Bell Centre to see games, interview active and retired players, coaches, executives, sportswriters, broadcasters and fans. Research for The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory.
July 2007: Aboard the M.V. Algomarine, Detroit River, with the City of Detroit in the background. The 730-foot freighter departed Montreal on a 4 1/2-day, 108-hour journey to Thunder Bay via the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway. Research for The St. Lawrence Seaway: Fifty Years and Counting, an official history of one of the world’s greatest inland waterways.
November 2006: Las Minitas silver mine, near the city of Durango, in the heart of Mexico. One stop in a 10-day research trip for a Canadian Business special section about Canadian junior mining companies working in Mexico. Other stops included the Las Verdes molybdenum property in the Sierra Madres Mountains, State of Sonora, and the Reyna de Oro gold project in the Sierra Madres, State of Chihauhau.
August 2002: Mouth of the Columbia River, near Astoria, Oregon, with the Pacific Ocean in the background. The end point of David Thompson’s extraordinary travels in the northwestern interior of the continent between 1784 and 1812. One stop in a 26-day, 5,500-kilometre research trip for Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West. Other stops included: Rocky Mountain House, Alta., Kootenay Plain, Saskatchewan River Crossing, Bonner’s Ferry, Sand Point, Idaho, Wenatchee, Wash. and Thompson Falls, Mont., named for the great explorer, who wintered there in 1810 among the Salish Indians.
July 1998: Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, where Sitting Bull and five thousand desperate Sioux sought refuge after the Battle of the Little Bighorn (a.k.a. Custer’s Last Stand) on June 25, 1876. Wood Mountain was one stop on a three-week, 4,300-kilometre research trip for Indian Fall: The Last Great Days of the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy. Other stops included: Blackfoot Crossing, the Great Sand Hills, Frog Lake, Fort Pitt, Frenchman’s Butte, Cutknife Hill, Fort Carlton, Batoche and the Cypress Hills.