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A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey Hardcover – Nov 5 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476716536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476716534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An illustration of hockey's special place in the Canadian heart and mind...Harper has written a finely detailed history of the struggle between professionalism and amateurism in early 20th-century Ontario hockey...It includes insightful examinations of class and religion and the roles they played in a country that still saw itself as a pillar of the British Empire, all viewed through the prism of hockey at the dawn of the pro era." (The New York Times)

"...the Prime Minister does a good job of taking you back to the country, and the time, that gave birth to the national game." (Globe and Mail)

A Great Game is a "...readable and entertaining historical exposition of the early organizational days of Canada's most beloved sport...[Harper is] an unreconstructed sentimentalist about hockey. He romances the game, focusing on its sepia-toned infancy." (Toronto Star)

About the Author

Like millions of other Canadians, Stephen Harper developed his love for hockey at a young age as he played at the arenas and on the shiny rinks and roads of his hometown. Today, long retired from his on-ice “career” with the Leaside Lions, he is the twenty-second Prime Minister of Canada and is happily married to Laureen, who, with their children Ben and Rachel, live in Calgary and Ottawa. A member of the Society of International Hockey Research with a particular interest in the early decades of the game, Mr. Harper is an amateur historian interested in exploring the sport’s impact on the people and places that define Canada. A Great Game is his first published work on the game of hockey.


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Very Interesting and informative on the history of early hockey mostly the Maple Leafs, Easy to tell there was much research prior to writing.
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very interesting story of the beginnings of professional hockey, the war between the amateur and professional game, and the early Toronto hockey team. And we won't do a spoiler on what team they actually began as !!!
And as to NC's earlier stupid review, perhaps he (she?) should have actually looked at the cover of the book. It's about the early hockey game, and not the more modern team, so would not deal with what you have read ad-nauseum before, on the modern "Laffs". Obviously a Leaf fan-the lack of reading comprehension shows!
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A serious but very readable look at the game as played in the early 20th century.
Well worth reading for the surprising facts about the evolution of the rules.
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Horrible book. Chapters are all over the place and dragged out. Was actually ever disappointed
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Well researched and gives you a lot on little known history of hockey and the Leafs
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interesting read, especially if you are a hockey buff.
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bought as a gift, was enjoyed by the leaf fan!
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Price was better than my local book store
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