Ken Danby, the Guelph-based realist painter responsible for some of the most iconic and lasting hockey art of our generation — chief among them the above "At the Crease," which has adorned the walls of hockey rink cafeterias and basement rec rooms across Canada for nigh on 30 years — died Sunday while canoeing in Algonquin Park. He was 67 years old.
Danby, known for creating unique visual images that study everyday life, died Sunday while canoeing on North Tea Lake in Algonquin Park with his wife and friends, said Greg McKee, manager of the Danby Studio in Guelph, Ontario.
Help was summoned to the remote location, but emergency workers failed to revive him.
It wasn't known what caused Danby to collapse, McKee said, but an autopsy has been scheduled. Police do not suspect foul play.