How many times have we heard or read stories of this nature from those who were chartered members of the Original Six era?
The following passage is contained within Stan Obodiac's mini-biography of Red Kelly...
One day Pete Kelly called to his elder son, "Joe, come
here for a minute!" When the boy came over, his father
said, "I think you'll have to give your old skates to
Leonard. It's about time he started skating."
Joe was aghast.
"But dad, they're too big for Leonard, by at least a
couple of sizes." He seemed reluctant to give up his first
pair of skates.
"We'll see," said his father. Now go and get them
Joe obeyed his father and got the skates. His father
turned them over to Leonard and told Joe to take his
"And be careful on that ice on the swamp," the father
Joe had put a couple of pairs of socks on his
brother's feet so the big skates wouldn't wobble around
Leonard eventually made it onto the ice and away he
went, wobbling around like a drunken sailor. For the
first little while he spent more of his time skating along
on his ankles than he did on his shiny steel blades.
But he never gave up. Up and down the ice he went,
around and around in his over-sized skates. Only occa-
sionally would he come over to the cedar log fire the boys
had built at the edge of the swamp to keep themselves
Indeed, many of us can relate!