*Starred Review* McKinley's history of the "fast, rough, beautiful game" comprehensively chronicles hockey from its genesis as a winter substitute for lacrosse. A companion to a similarly titled CBC TV series, the lavishly illustrated book combines punchy boxed features celebrating individuals and hockey oddments and a detailed tracing of the game's development. Among the tidbits one learns: the New York Rangers' name derives from a pun (their first owner was Tex Rickard, making them "Tex's Rangers"), women introduced the goalie mask (at various times, they employed a baseball catcher's mask and a fencing cage) decades before Ken Dryden became an inspiration to Friday the 13th's Jason, and women's professional hockey dates back nearly as far as men's but disappeared after the 1940s. Of course, McKinley returns frequently to hockey's hallowed rivalry: the Toronto Maple Leafs versus the Montreal Canadiens. Only the Yankees versus the Red Sox yarn can compare to that of the Francophone-beloved Canadiens and mercurial Conn Smythe's scheming to make the Leafs their outranking Anglo analogue. Bouts of hand-wringing over the way American money threatens hockey's Canadian identity punctuate the continuum as McKinley gives all the franchises and all the stars, from Cyclone Taylor to Maurice "Rocket" Richard to Wayne Gretzky, their due. Essential for general sports as well as hockey-intensive collections. Mike Tribby
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“Sharply illustrated, solidly written . . . McKinley captures each era in fine, consistently entertaining detail.”
— Georgia Straight
“There is much to be learned in these gorgeously illustrated pages … It’s a winner.”
—The Edmonton Journal
“Hockey’s definitive history.”
— Montreal Gazette
“An indispensable, superbly written look into hockey’s glorious, storied past.”
— Edmonton Journal
“One of the most comprehensive and attractive books ever presented about Canada’s national pastime.”
— Canadian Book Review Annual
From the Hardcover edition.
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