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.
James Elder, equestrian (born 27 July 1934 in Toronto, ON). An illustrious international equestrian for over a quarter-century, Jim Elder was a member of the bronze-medal Canadian team in the three-day event at the 1956 Olympics and of the gold-medal team in show-jumping at the 1968 Olympics.
Thomas Gayford, equestrian (born 21 November 1928 in Toronto, ON). An outstanding international competitor, Tom Gayford was a member of the Canadian jumping team from the late 1940s until the early 1970s; he then became team coach. With James Day and James Elder he formed the gold-medal show-jumping team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
She did what just about everybody else would have done: she had a cold, so she took a pill. But Silken Laumann is not everybody else. The 30-year-old rower is one of Canada's best-loved amateur athletes, an Olympic medallist and a top contender at the Summer Games in Atlanta next year.
In the dressing room after practice for an old-timers game at the 1999 all-star weekend, a bunch of guys who used to trade high sticks were instead trading stories about the Rocket. Every player from that postwar era in the National Hockey League had a topper for the last guy's tale.
During the 1920s Oppenheimer Park, also known as the Powell Street Grounds, was home to the best baseball team in the city. The Asahi drew its members from the surrounding Japanese-Canadian community. It all ended with the outbreak of World War Two.
The Šťastný brothers — Marián, Peter and Anton — were a trio of star hockey forwards from Czechoslovakia. In the early 1980s they defected to Canada to play with the Québec Nordiques, and became one of the most exciting and successful scoring lines in National Hockey League history.