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 standpoint and fan’s ardour, Stephen Harper offers a riveting and sometimes remarkable 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 an analogous. tough play, fervent native land loyalties, owner-player agreement disputes, partisan information insurance, and massive cash have been matters 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 used to be it a online game for paid pros who might provide enthusiasts what they wanted?
A century in the past rinks may soften, and through halftime the blades screwed to the players’ sneakers can 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, even with the fanatical competition of beginner hockey leaders, early groups equivalent to the Toronto pros 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 so much ecocnomic hockey franchise.
In A nice Game, Stephen Harper brings alive the historical past of hockey’s first a long time and will pay passionate tribute to the earliest big name avid gamers of the sport. This enjoyable and unique e-book will captivate fanatics from begin to end.
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A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen J. Harper