In the finishing department of Stelco Lake Erie Work's steel mill in Nanticoke, ON, worked Cam Talbot.
For three summers as a college student, Talbot was confined to the steel compound chopping, and re-banding scolding hot defected coal throughout his repetitious 12-hour shifts. His head wasn't fastened with his Goalbuster goalie mask, instead protected by a brimmed hard hat. His hands filled heat-resistant gauntlets, not the white, blue and orange blocker and catcher he wears now. The metal in his steel-toed footwear was above his feet, not separating them from the ground.