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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; First Edition edition (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550024132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550024135
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 757 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Frank Calder, the first president of the National Hockey League, once told his friend and protégé Elmer Ferguson, "Some day I'm going to write the real story of professional hockey, with all its colour, its incident. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irving Osterer on Feb. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
The authors contend that the consolidation of pro hockey teams in Eastern Canada to form the National Hockey League was often a heavy handed, nasty affair. Nieforth and Holzman make a convincing case to restore the honour of Toronto's EJ Livingstone, who Frank Calder and the Ottawa and Montreal interests despised and wanted expelled from their company at all costs. "Deception and Doublecross" seemed to be the order of the day to reach this end. Holzman and Nieforth illustrate how the arm's length relationship that is incumbent on today's media was quite different in pro hockey's formative years where newspapers editors and columnists often held controlling interests in pro teams and arenas.
I also found the book quite rewarding in that it provided some insight into the character of many players and the forces that conspired to have them play on a particular team.
What is particularly impressive about the book is that the authors have clearly spent a lot of time carefully searching primary sources to arrive at their conclusions. All are footnoted and properly catalogued to allow interested parties to do further research.
I recommend this book for any hockey fan interested in the history of the game.
Irv Osterer
Ottawa, ON
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Deception and Doublecross" an appropriate title! Feb. 17 2003
By Irving Osterer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The authors contend that the consolidation of pro hockey teams in Eastern Canada to form the National Hockey League was often a heavy handed, nasty affair. Nieforth and Holzman make a convincing case to restore the honour of Toronto's EJ Livingstone, who Frank Calder and the Ottawa and Montreal interests despised and wanted expelled from their company at all costs. "Deception and Doublecross" seemed to be the order of the day to reach this end. Holzman and Nieforth illustrate how the arm's length relationship that is incumbent on today's media was quite different in pro hockey's formative years where newspapers editors and columnists often held controlling interests in pro teams and arenas.
I also found the book quite rewarding in that it provided some insight into the character of many players and the forces that conspired to have them play on a particular team.
What is particularly impressive about the book is that the authors have clearly spent a lot of time carefully searching primary sources to arrive at their conclusions. All are footnoted and properly catalogued to allow interested parties to do further research.
I recommend this book for any hockey fan interested in the history of the game.
Irv Osterer
Ottawa, ON
Interesting as history but a very dry read Dec 24 2012
By Dan C - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked learning about how the league was shaped but the read was more like a documentary than a trip through time.
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Deception point by Dan Brown was a good book. This book was very interesting. There were feuds between the father and the daughter were very intense sometimes. Because Of his daughters career they have very different opinions. While her father is running for a political position she is working for his opponent. That is a difficult funk for the two of them. I don't think the father should wig out because of it but that's how it sometimes is. Over all thou I thought it was a very interesting book and I recommend this book to more of the adult figure. I really couldn't get into the book. This seems more of a book my parents can relate to not me. I am not into that kind of stuff. Like the DaVinci code. I thought this book was very well thought out. I would give it a 8 out of 10. But it was a very goods book.

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