By Stephen J. Harper
Within the tumultuous beginnings of hockey, the fights have been as a lot off the ice as on it. A nice Game is ready the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who outfitted the sport, and the increase and fall of mythical groups pursuing the Stanley Cup. With a historian’s viewpoint and fan’s ardour, Stephen Harper provides a riveting and infrequently brilliant portrait of the early years of hockey, shooting every little thing from the actual contests at the rinks to the battles in the back of the scenes.
A nice Game exhibits how a lot approximately hockey has stayed a similar. tough play, fervent homeland loyalties, owner-player agreement disputes, partisan information insurance, and large cash have been matters from the get-go. used to be hockey to be a video game of obsessed amateurs enjoying for the affection of the game, or used to be it a online game for paid pros who could provide fanatics what they wanted?
A century in the past rinks may possibly soften, and via halftime the blades screwed to the players’ sneakers might be sinking in dust, however the hockey pioneers have been unstoppable. groups sprang up throughout North the United States, from Victoria to Winnipeg, Halifax to Montreal, and Detroit to Pittsburgh. within the Queen urban, even with the fanatical competition of beginner hockey leaders, early groups corresponding to the Toronto execs of 1908 and the Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 took turns scuffling with for Toronto’s first actual Stanley Cup. those “forgotten Leafs” could lay the foundation for the world’s such a lot ecocnomic hockey franchise.
In A nice Game, Stephen Harper brings alive the heritage of hockey’s first many years and will pay passionate tribute to the earliest big name gamers of the sport. This exciting and unique ebook will captivate enthusiasts from begin to end.
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