Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Howie Morenz and the Franklin Expedition

The new DCB entry online today is Howie Morenz, the Canadiens hockey star who died at 34 after a mid-game accident at the Montreal Forum in 1937.

I remember learning as a child that his funeral was held at the Forum, where his casket was placed at centre ice. I misunderstood this to mean he was buried at centre ice. For a while, every time Hockey Night in Canada showed a Montreal game, I was a bit creeped out by the awareness of his frozen body entombed just below the playing surface.

Much later, this memory came back to me powerfully when the archeologist Owen Beattie exhumed the frozen preserved bodies of those Franklin expedition casualties who had been buried on Beechey Island. Exactly!
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