FRANK PRAZAK

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - OBITUARIES - Myer Siemi­aty­cki, Toronto

I never met Frank Prazak, but sus­pect I was not alone in ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of his hand­i­work on my doorstep ev­ery Satur­day once hockey sea­son ar­rived. Penny Prazak’s Lives Lived trib­ute to her late hus­band brought back to mind my weekly ex­cite­ment to see which NHL player would be pro­filed in the iconic full­page pho­tos Frank shot for the Week­end Mag­a­zine in­sert of many Cana­dian news­pa­pers.

Shot in com­mon for­mat, Frank’s styl­ized images of the 1960s cap­tured the NHL’s Orig­i­nal Six team clos­ing era. In an age be­fore over­sat­u­rated me­dia sports cov­er­age, too, those close-up pho­tos fos­tered a spe­cial bond be­tween fans and their hockey he­roes.

Prazak’s photo for­mat cre­atively per­son­al­ized each player. For­sak­ing the more typ­i­cal head­shot or hockey-card im­age of player hunched over puck with stick, he cap­tured each player erect, in full uni­form, stick (of­ten awk­wardly) at their side, gaz­ing straight into the lens against a glo­ri­ous coloured back­ground.

Each player re­vealed some­thing of him­self in how they looked back at Frank Prazak’s cam­era. Thank you, Frank, for all you showed us.

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