A Great Game

A Great Game

The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey

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"A riveting and often surprising portrait of the early years of hockey, capturing everything from the physical contests on the rinks to the battles behind the scenes. A Great Game shows how much about hockey has stayed the same. Rough play, fervent hometown loyalties, owner-player contract disputes, partisan news coverage, and big money were issues from the get-go. Was hockey to be a game of obsessed amateurs playing for the love of the sport, or was it a game for paid professionals who would give fans what they wanted? A century ago rinks could melt, and by halftime the blades screwed to the players' shoes could be sinking in mud, but the hockey pioneers were unstoppable. Teams sprang up across North America, from Victoria to Winnipeg, Halifax to Montreal, and Detroit to Pittsburgh. In the Queen City, in spite of the fanatical opposition of amateur hockey leaders, early teams such as the Toronto Professionals of 1908 and the Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 took turns battling for Toronto's very first Stanley Cup. These "forgotten Leafs" would lay the groundwork for the world's most profitable hockey franchise. Stephen Harper brings alive the history of hockey's first decades and pays passionate tribute to the earliest star players of the game. Like millions of other Canadians, Stephen Harper developed his love for hockey at a young age as he played at the arenas and on the shinny rinks and roads of his hometown. Today, he is the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and lives in Calgary and Ottawa. Mr. Harper is an amateur historian interested in exploring the sport's impact on the people and places that define Canada. A Great Game is his first published work on the game of hockey."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Published by Simon and Schuster Canada, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2013.
Edition: This Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
Copyright Date: Stephen Harper,, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781476716534
Characteristics: xiii, 352 pages :,illustrations (some colour) ;,24 cm


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May 10, 2015

It was not the author's intention but his description of Canada and the evolution of professional hockey in the early 1900's documents just how far removed this country was from being an independent state. We were still primarily a British Colony. The founders of The Ontario Hockey Association saw themselves as British first then Canadian. It is within this imperial context that the author traces the evolution of hockey in Canada. No wonder Mr. Larry Kwong was not allowed to play in the NHL as recent as the late 1940's. The book does include some marvellous photos, an excellent annotated bibliography some informative statistics.

Dec 24, 2013

Better then I expected. Stirs up a little pride for the national game. Great for hockey fans.

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