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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; Updated edition (Oct. 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771057717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771057717
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3.1 x 28 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*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

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Format: Hardcover
Hat trick here: great stories greatly told make a great gift! Buy it for Christmas, for birthdays, for yourself, read it, give it, read it again and again. The CBC doc showed the game to you, but Michael McKinley brings Our Game to life in his book. He writes with passion about women in hockey, about The Cup, about old and new franco-anglo Canadian struggles played out on ice, about old tales of Gretzky and makes them new, and about lost heroes like Howie Morenz and makes me love them. I know because I'm no hockey fan, but this book turned me into a believer -- it inducted me into the mysteries and histories of Our Game, and so Our Country. But Americans, Brits, everyone with an interest in hockey, in Canada, in the 20th and 21st Century will LOVE THIS BOOK.
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By Derek LaTouche on Nov. 30 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is superbly conceived and beautifully written. Frankly, a lot of paper, ink and film have been wasted over the years on this sport; I can't even count how many "coffee table" books about hockey I've been given over successive Xmases and birthdays (with their tiresome, hyped-up prose), thumbed through and then dumped at the second-hand bookstore. But Michael McKinley truly has worthwhile insights and something to say about the game of hockey and its place in our history and culture--as was evident in his excellently researched first tome on the subject, A Roof Over Winter. I loved reading both books. And yeah, pictorially, it's pretty impressive too.
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By hockey nut on Sept. 26 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thought I knew everything about hockey. Wrong. This book is full of interesting little known facts and pulls together the history so you can understand the evolution of the game. Even makes it intellectually respectable in the way baseball's always been. Writing is energetic and opinionated and a pleasure to read. Thought this one would sit on the coffee table but in fact actually read it cover to cover.
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