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 standpoint and fan’s ardour, Stephen Harper offers a riveting and infrequently remarkable portrait of the early years of hockey, taking pictures every little thing from the actual contests at the rinks to the battles in the back of the scenes.
A nice Game indicates how a lot approximately hockey has stayed an identical. tough play, fervent fatherland loyalties, owner-player agreement disputes, partisan information insurance, and large cash have been concerns from the get-go. was once hockey to be a video game of obsessed amateurs taking part in for the affection of the game, or was once it a online game for paid execs who might supply enthusiasts what they wanted?
A century in the past rinks may perhaps soften, and through halftime the blades screwed to the players’ footwear should be sinking in dust, however the hockey pioneers have been unstoppable. groups sprang up throughout North the USA, from Victoria to Winnipeg, Halifax to Montreal, and Detroit to Pittsburgh. within the Queen urban, despite the fanatical competition of beginner hockey leaders, early groups reminiscent of the Toronto pros of 1908 and the Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 took turns combating for Toronto’s first actual Stanley Cup. those “forgotten Leafs” may lay the foundation for the world’s so much ecocnomic hockey franchise.
In A nice Game, Stephen Harper brings alive the background of hockey’s first many years and can pay passionate tribute to the earliest superstar avid gamers of the sport. This exciting and unique ebook will captivate enthusiasts from begin to end.
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