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Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. 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 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 a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 30th anniversary of the book’s original publication, and it includes a new foreword by Bill Simmons, new photography, and a new chapter, “The Game Goes On.” Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.

Topics: Ice Hockey, Sports, Celebrities, Goaltenders, Montreal, Canada, 1970s, and Teamwork

Published: Triumph Books an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on Jan 1, 1983
ISBN: 9781623686987
List price: $11.99
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I'm not a hockey fan any more, though I was a major Montreal Canadiens fan in the 1970s. (It was almost a precondition for living with my father). Even though I knew the players and games Ken Dryden talks about in this book, I struggled to get into it, having lost interest in hockey over the years.But, as I got past the first few pages, I realized that this is much more than a hockey book. It is a book about teamwork and legends. It is a book about growing up in Canada, about living in Montreal around the time the PQ was first elected, about trying to maintain a family life and a demanding (and very public) job. Because hockey is part of our history, our culture, our economy, our life. Even if we've never put on a pair of skates.Hockey fans shouldn't despair because it's also a book about hockey. Ken Dryden can talk about the broader context, but he also can talk about the game itself in a way that puts you right there on the ice. I don't remember reading this book when it was written but I must have. There's no way my Dad didn't own it, and I tend to read everything in sight. What I can say is that reading it today is worthwhile; it has stood the test of time.read more
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Nobody writes about hockey better than Ken Dryden. This book is both a great introduction to new fans and an affirmation to greatness of the game for those who already feel the love.read more
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I'm not a hockey fan any more, though I was a major Montreal Canadiens fan in the 1970s. (It was almost a precondition for living with my father). Even though I knew the players and games Ken Dryden talks about in this book, I struggled to get into it, having lost interest in hockey over the years.But, as I got past the first few pages, I realized that this is much more than a hockey book. It is a book about teamwork and legends. It is a book about growing up in Canada, about living in Montreal around the time the PQ was first elected, about trying to maintain a family life and a demanding (and very public) job. Because hockey is part of our history, our culture, our economy, our life. Even if we've never put on a pair of skates.Hockey fans shouldn't despair because it's also a book about hockey. Ken Dryden can talk about the broader context, but he also can talk about the game itself in a way that puts you right there on the ice. I don't remember reading this book when it was written but I must have. There's no way my Dad didn't own it, and I tend to read everything in sight. What I can say is that reading it today is worthwhile; it has stood the test of time.
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Nobody writes about hockey better than Ken Dryden. This book is both a great introduction to new fans and an affirmation to greatness of the game for those who already feel the love.
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