Director: Jon Izma
Description: Like many kids in the 80s and 90s, I got caught up in the excitement of opening flashy packs of hockey cards and trading with my friends. I wrote letters to hockey players because getting an autograph back in the mail really enhanced my favourite hobby. When my Dad saw the success I was having, it inspired him to dig up a treasure from the past. His sets of El Producto coasters, a promotion packaged with cigars in 1967, featured images of some of hockey’s greatest legends: Frank Mahovlich, Glenn Hall, Henri Richard, Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau and Dave Keon. A rare collectable today, these particular coasters came directly from my Grandpa’s corner store, which was a staple of his Kitchener, Ontario community for decades. The Signing is a story of how chasing autographs opened a window into the past and strengthened a father-son relationship along the way.