The Ice Men

Hockey's heros, villians, and other assorted characters.
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A Wings goalie making a desperate move to save the puck, tossing away his blocker and stick to do so, only to be saved by the tossed stick.

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The ageless Johnny Bower laughing at a Leafs practice in the 1970's. Despite all the pucks, scars, injuries, and etc. He still loved life and his work.

The ageless Johnny Bower laughing at a Leafs practice in the 1970's. Despite all the pucks, scars, injuries, and etc. He still loved life and his work.

Bobby Orr salvages one last dominant rush as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks. Shades of a once great defender re-emerge in this photo.

Bobby Orr salvages one last dominant rush as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks. Shades of a once great defender re-emerge in this photo.

"Can I keep these?" Wayne Gretzky shows off his hardware for the season. From l to r: Art Ross, Campbell Bowl, Pearson Award, Lord Stanley's Cup and Hart Trophy.

"Can I keep these?" Wayne Gretzky shows off his hardware for the season. From l to r: Art Ross, Campbell Bowl, Pearson Award, Lord Stanley's Cup and Hart Trophy.

Ed Giacomin minds the Rangers net as Frank Mahovlich looks for the tip-in

Ed Giacomin minds the Rangers net as Frank Mahovlich looks for the tip-in

The  New York Islanders legendary "Long Island Lighting Company",  so named for the skills of its forwards at lighting the lamp in the back of the net to signify a good goal.

The New York Islanders legendary "Long Island Lighting Company", so named for the skills of its forwards at lighting the lamp in the back of the net to signify a good goal.

Maurice Richard's fiery eyes strength and legendary determination  are on full display in this photo. It takes Howe, Sawchuk and a third Red Wing to barely contain the rushing Rocket as he chases a puck

Maurice Richard's fiery eyes strength and legendary determination are on full display in this photo. It takes Howe, Sawchuk and a third Red Wing to barely contain the rushing Rocket as he chases a puck

Elmer Latch accepting the Hart trophy with a wired jaw. What a class act.

Elmer Latch accepting the Hart trophy with a wired jaw. What a class act.

Bobby Clarke powers up the ice with a cut face. He was the face of the Flyers, and one of the most important pieces to their success.

Bobby Clarke powers up the ice with a cut face. He was the face of the Flyers, and one of the most important pieces to their success.

An elderly production line smiles for the camera. Stone cold killers, even then. Though you'd never know with Howe. He could be 20.

An elderly production line smiles for the camera. Stone cold killers, even then. Though you'd never know with Howe. He could be 20.

Wendel Clark in front of Conn Smythe's famous motto that adorned Maple Leaf gardens for many years. The sign would be particularly significant during their Cup runs in '92/'93. Clark was the face of the era and looks as if he is dealing with a tough loss.

Wendel Clark in front of Conn Smythe's famous motto that adorned Maple Leaf gardens for many years. The sign would be particularly significant during their Cup runs in '92/'93. Clark was the face of the era and looks as if he is dealing with a tough loss.

What more can I say. This is amazing.

What more can I say. This is amazing.

A clean shaven (!) Wendel Clark during a Leafs practice.

A clean shaven (!) Wendel Clark during a Leafs practice.

This is either a checkup, or someone looking at the murder weapon in an on-ice homicide. Couldn't ever tell with Clark. He loves it either way.

This is either a checkup, or someone looking at the murder weapon in an on-ice homicide. Couldn't ever tell with Clark. He loves it either way.

Phil Esposito doing his best Bobby DeNiro impression. As he relaxes away from hockey

Phil Esposito doing his best Bobby DeNiro impression. As he relaxes away from hockey

A dream unfulfilled.

A dream unfulfilled.

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