The Game

The Game

eBook - 2013 | 30th anniversary edition.
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Ken Dryden, the former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters--Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard and coach Scotty Bowman among them--who made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir.This commemorative edition marks the thirtieth anniversary of The Game's original publication.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, 2013.
Edition: 30th anniversary edition.
ISBN: 9781443427289
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 318 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some colour)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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rb3221 Jan 30, 2016

Ken Dryden's "The Game" is a reflective, thoughtful and at times insightful look into 'the game' and some of the memorable players on his team. It is also about the very nature of hockey, its history and how it changed over the years especially with the Soviet Summit series of 1972 and the emergence of Gretzky.
He treats his teammates as people and not just hockey players; there are some very good and occasional humorous insider locker room stories of stars like Robinson, Lafleur, Lapointe and Bowman, their brilliant but somewhat unusual coach. I especially enjoyed the explanation of why he often stood with his chin leaning on his extended stick after a goal (an interesting psychological gamesmanship ploy).
This is a story about the life of a hockey player on typical game days, off-days, about the team, about himself, his thoughts and emotions. It is possibly the best hockey book ever written and well worth the read.


Mar 11, 2013

Would Dryden been hailed as much if Robinson , Savard and Lapointe not played for Montreal ? I'm inclined to think that Rogie Vachon would have brought Montreal just as many Cup's had Ken never came along.....

Jul 18, 2012

I haven't watched a hockey game in 40 years, but Dryden's book is quite fascinating, not only for it's insight in the game of hockey and how it's changed over the years, for better or worse, but his ability to capture the personalities of the players he writes about. I was enthralled from the start to the end.

Feb 25, 2012

If anyone's interested, the Crowsnest Library has an older copy of this in it's non-fiction section! I saw it there on Thursday, while I was shelving some books!.....Actually there are 12 older versions available in various if you want it now....just search and scroll down a bit!

Aug 31, 2009

One of the best hockey books ever written.

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