A worthy successor to Ken Dryden's classic The Game
, Home Game
looks at hockey from a multitude of angles to show how the sport is transformed as it moves from its rural roots to the glitz of Hollywood. Hall of Famer Dryden and cowriter Roy MacGregor take on the game in all its guises, from a Praries community centered on the town rink to peewee hockey players and their parents in Toronto, from the dressing rooms of the Oilers and Canadiens to the Canada-Soviet rivalry. One chapter stands as the definitive examination of the Wayne Gretzky trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles, a parable of modern economics. Dryden and MacGregor closely examine the clash between the personal loyalties and business enterprises of the trade's principals; it's a measure of the book's thoughtfulness that the reader comes to understand and empathize with all sides of the issue.
Faces have changed across the sport since Home Game was first published in 1989, but much of the material remains relevant. MacGregor, author of the fine novels Canoe Lake and The Last Season, provides a poignant coda to the book in his description of playing in an old-timers league, where, just as in the youth leagues, hockey is still all that matters on gameday. --David Gowdey
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“The closest thing the game has to a literary masterpiece.”
“This book will be the gauge against which future [sports books] will be measured.…And it’s not just a hockey book; it’s a book about Canadians and what makes us tick.”
“The tale of hockey is told like never before. This is the hockey book of the decade, if not the century.”
“Dryden and MacGregor have penned a tremendous read.…you’ll be moved to take up skating again. Fans of hockey won’t be disappointed and fans of Canadiana shouldn’t miss it.”
“Go out right now and buy this book.”
(Guelph)From the Hardcover edition.