The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army and the Night That Saved Hockey
"Simply put, this is one of the best hockey books written since Ken Dryden's The Game and Dryden and Roy MacGregor's Home Game."
"You can feel the tension, sense the drama, almost see the brilliance taking place on the Forum ice."
— Montreal Gazette
"Denault's amazing research creates a real gem of a text as he looks at the state of hockey at that time. This is a great history text that offers so much more than just a look at a single match of hockey."
For many hockey fans, the mere mention of the 1992-93 season and the playoffs that followed elicit both powerful and still-vivid memories, more so than any other NHL season in recent memory. Two decades later that extraordinary season is fondly remembered as the year that Mario Lemieux, the sport's most dominant player, courageously conquered his greatest opponent yet—cancer—and still emerged as the NHL's Most Valuable Player. For Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey history, the 1992-93 season began with him on the sidelines, his unparalleled career in doubt, and ended with him summoning all his skills and prowess for one last glorious run at the Stanley Cup. In Toronto, 1992-93 represented a rebirth, as the Maple Leafs, led by a determined Doug Gilmour, took their long-suffering fans to the verge of the unthinkable. Down the road, the Montreal Canadiens fashioned the most remarkable spring in their incomparable playoff history, on the shoulders of their extraordinary goaltender, Patrick Roy.
Featuring interviews with Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Wendel Clark, and more than one-hundred other players, coaches, executives and media members, and based on extensive primary research, Todd Denault expertly chronicles all the action, the controversy, the record-breaking performances, and the memorable moments that made up the unforgettable 1992-93 NHL season. The story that emerges is of a year quite unlike any other in hockey's long history, in which the unexpected and the improbable came to pass. A remarkable season that saw greatness confirmed, magnificence affirmed and where legends were born.
A Season in Time.
Praise for Todd Denault's previous books
Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey
"In this engaging bio Todd Denault tells the story of a trailblazer."
— Sports Illustrated
"Jacques Plante was an innovator, a difference maker and a different person, and this book has captured the essence of one of the greatest goaltenders ever."
—Scott Morrison, hockey journalist and Executive Producer of Hockey at Rogers Sportsnet
"A well-researched and thorough examination of the life of an extraordinarily talented hockey player and complex man."
—Al Strachan has been writing about the NHL for more than 35 years and is the co-author of Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff
"This is a long overdue examination of one of hockey's pivotal players and most colourful characters—but Todd Denault has made the wait worthwhile."
—Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail columnist and bestselling co-author of Home Game (written with Ken Dryden)