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 set 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 point of view and fan’s ardour, Stephen Harper provides a riveting and infrequently superb portrait of the early years of hockey, taking pictures every thing from the actual contests at the rinks to the battles at the back of the scenes.
A nice Game exhibits how a lot approximately hockey has stayed a similar. tough play, fervent place of birth loyalties, owner-player agreement disputes, partisan information insurance, and massive cash have been concerns from the get-go. used to be hockey to be a online game of obsessed amateurs enjoying for the affection of the game, or used to be it a video game for paid pros who may provide fanatics what they wanted?
A century in the past rinks may soften, and via halftime the blades screwed to the players’ sneakers should be sinking in dust, however the hockey pioneers have been unstoppable. groups sprang up throughout North the US, from Victoria to Winnipeg, Halifax to Montreal, and Detroit to Pittsburgh. within the Queen urban, regardless of the fanatical competition of novice hockey leaders, early groups similar to the Toronto execs of 1908 and the Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 took turns fighting for Toronto’s first actual Stanley Cup. those “forgotten Leafs” could lay the foundation for the world’s so much ecocnomic hockey franchise.
In A nice Game, Stephen Harper brings alive the historical past of hockey’s first many years and can pay passionate tribute to the earliest megastar gamers of the sport. This exciting and unique e-book will captivate lovers from begin to end.
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A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen J. Harper