The mystery surrounding the “Hey, you play?” illustration has been solved.
For days, this illustration has been madly circulating on Twitter and Facebook, with everyone saying, “Not sure who did this but wanted to share it …”
Author and journalist Kerry MacGregor, who is originally from Kanata, Ont., and now lives in France, says she is the artist who created the picture of the Humboldt Broncos in heaven, reaching out to Jonathan Pitre, who recently lost his battle with the rare and debilitating disease epidermolysis bullosa. Jonathan Pitre was 17 years old.
Jonathan, who was also known as Butterfly Boy, adored hockey and was the Ottawa Senators #1 fan. The “butterfly” is in reference to the fact that children with this disease have skin as fragile as a bufferfly’s wings.
Jonathan’s disease kept him from playing the game he loved – until Kerry put him in the play.
People have reached out to Kerry on Twitter, asking her if she’d consider having her work printed so that they can purchased. She said it’s something she may consider.
Sixteen people died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on Friday; 13 others were injured, some still in critical condition.
Kerry and her father, author Roy MacGregor, work on the Ice Chips children’s hockey series together.
For most of the week, people were attributing Kerry’s work to Silvia Pecota from Kingston, Ont.
The giveaway that “Hey, you play?” isn’t Silvia’s piece is the small “K” in the bottom left-hand corner.
Sylvia told me that people were confusing Kerry MacGregor’s work with this one, which is equally as haunting and beautiful. – Sarah
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