Mac Attack: Dr. A.W. Mackenzie was headmaster of The Grove for nearly four decades, shaping the spirit, the values, and the campus of the school, north of Peterborough, Ontario, that was known in his day as Lakefield Preparatory School and thrives today as Lakefield College School. Ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church before his arrival at Lakefield in 1894, Mackenzie was a devoted sailor and gardener as well as a schoolmaster. He was, too, and famously, an ardent hockey player. That’s him here in the Homburg hat, with the chisel-bladed stick, on the Grove rink in 1907. Alumnus John Macrae would recall that as a younger man the headmaster sometimes joined a game in Peterborough, “where his rugged style of play often landed him in the penalty box, much to the delight of the fans who, we are told, would set up a chant of ‘Parson in the penalty box, parson in the penalty box.’”
Skateaway: Winding up for the rush on the ice at Toronto’s Withrow Park in eastside Riverdale on Saturday, February 10, 1923. (Image: Arthur Goss, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 52, Item 1095)
Yardbirds: This postcard of a Quebec school comes uncaptioned, so I don’t have a date or a precise location for the tableau we’re seeing here. Early 1900s, I’m thinking? Is it a slightly spooky scene, with all its staring and silence, or have I just watched too many horror movies involving the diabolical doings of hockey-playing student bodies?
Lake-Breaking News: Next goal wins … or maybe the next one after that? A shinny scene from Toronto’s lakefront, circa the mid-1970s. (Image: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 736, Item 5)