A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey Hardcover – Nov 5 2013
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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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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!
Well worth reading for the surprising facts about the evolution of the rules.
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A book about hockey, written by a despicable creature, who can't even skate. This wannabe author should stick to writing unconstitutional laws into budget omnibus bills.Published 8 months ago by daniel pereira
Setting aside my acute feelings for Harper, I found this book second hand and gave it a good read before deciding not to buy it ... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Diefenbaker the dog
Poor quality book. He might be a good PM but he is not a good book writer. Photos were poorest quality that would not have been acceptable in a primary school essay. Read morePublished 10 months ago by NC