Hunks of Ice: Phil Esposito by Marie-Maude Polychuck
They walk on water with fire in their hearts and ice in their veins. They play a game that Jim Murray called Murder on Ice: High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing… everything else is just figure skating. These are the Hunks of Ice.
Boston Bruins Center Phil Esposito (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) played 18 seasons in the NHL. His Boston fans printed and displayed bumper stickers during his best years to celebrate his scoring: they read, “Jesus saves, Espo scores on the rebound.” Esposito, while not a fast or graceful skater, was best known for his unmovable presence in front of the opposition net from which he could score from all angles. Esposito has said: “Scoring is easy. You simply stand in the slot, take your beating and shoot the puck into the net.”
Marie-Maude Polychuck presents one of hockey’s greatest players in two-color linocut on paper and mounted to old barn wood under Plexiglas.
Hunks of Ice: Phil Esposito
Details: 7″x4.5″x1″ | linocut on paper with wood and Plexiglas | Edition of 15 | 2010 | $60.00