How One Photo Made Modern Hockey

How One Photo Made Modern Hockey

The most famous hockey photo of all time–and perhaps the most famous sports photo in Boston–is the one of the 1970 Stanley Cup winning goal by Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins. Or rather of Orr a second after the goal as he flies horizontal through the air.

It’s the story of Ray Lussier, photographer for the Boston Record American being in the right place at the right time to snap just the right frame. Was he lucky? Working with a professional newspaper photographer with decades of experience, I’ve learned they make their luck through hard work, preparation, skill, and perseverance. It is really a great story. And a great goal.

Even more it was the moment that set the stage for the expansion of the NHL from a little regional sport to the billion-dollar major sport it is today. Thanks to a great photo.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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