Dryden also offers the best analysis anywhere of the contentious and eternally unresolved debate on violence in sport. Drawing on well-documented research he disproves the "violence as release" metaphor favored by hockey traditionalists, showing that violence is in fact a learned response and that deliberate abuse of the rules and constant retaliation only leads to more of the same, until the game deteriorates and the sport loses its best qualities. This backstage look at one of hockey's greatest teams remains one of the best books ever published on any sport. --David Gowdey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"If you haven't seen hockey through Dryden's eyes, you should."
— The Toronto Sun
"A work of art that defines and respresents our game."
— Hockey News
"[Dryden] has written a very special book, possibly the best [hockey book] I have ever read. His affectionate yet realistic portrait of the players is unrivalled in hockey writing."
— Mordecai Richler
"A [hockey] book so rare that there is actually nothing to compare it to."
— Scott Young --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very well written, sincere and accurate account of tthe Montreal hockey scene of the early 70s and lat 80s.Published 24 months ago by Dany
I have not been able to get through the whole book ... but I will. It is well written and the subject matter is revealing but somehow I was expecting something else I guess. Read morePublished on April 20 2013 by Carol
You will find 3 or 4 hard copies of this book at pretty much every church booksale, flea market or thrift shop in Canada (there is a reason for that). Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2013 by Worker Bee