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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 20 edition (Jan. 4 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470835842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470835845
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.5 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An enduring classic, Ken Dryden's The Game has lost none of its luster since its original publication in 1983, and remains the one book every hockey fan must know. Imagine writing that combines the locker-room perspectives of Ball Four and the philosophical musings of both Bill and William James and you have some idea of the scope of The Game. At the height of his Hall of Fame career, goalie Dryden took a year off from the Montreal Canadiens to article for a law firm, and the sabbatical deepened his appreciation for hockey. The Game is funny, acutely observed, and full of insight into human nature and the importance of sport in today's society. Dryden's portraits of his teammates are precise and unforgettable. Catching the balance between banter and seriousness, Dryden describes Scotty Bowman's pep talks; Serge Savard motivating teammates; the river skater Lafleur, in uniform hours early, reappearing and startling everyone into focus with a whack of his stick on the table; Larry Robinson sensing the wrong atmosphere before a game against a weak opponent and resetting the stakes with the unanswerable remark, "Gotta play it--might as well win it."

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.

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"The sports book of the year, or maybe the decade, or maybe the century."
The Globe and Mail

"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.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Mckibbon on Aug. 13 2000
Format: Paperback
Calling this "the best book ever written about hockey" somehow does not do this work justice. Ken Dryden was one of the best goalies of his time, on one of the greatest teams of all time, and yet this portrayal of a year in the life of that team is much more than "team wins hockey games, gets Stanley Cup." In fact, unless you know what happened in 1979 you may miss that fact. What Dryden aims to do with this book is far more ambitious than to simply describe his last year in the NHL. He wants to discuss the meaning of hockey in the context of his own life as well as that of his country. If this seems a little ambitious, well it is. But Dryden is certainly up to the task.
Written in what amounts to a modified stream-of-consciousness, there are many digressions as Dryden wanders away from descriptions of game days to talk about his early career, the origins of the game, and what it means to Canadians. It's not hard to follow this, but you do have to pay attention. The thing that struck me most was that, while Dryden the author is articulate, thoughtful, and clearly smarter than the average bear, he describes "Ken Dryden the goalie" as a bit of a goof, the last to get locker room jokes, the guy who falls for pranks, who makes himself the target of other, quicker minds. Dryden clearly feels no need to make himself look good to the reading public and when he dissects his playing ability you get the impression that he's being totally honest: he's a Hall of Fame goalie who wishes he could have been just a little better.
(On the other hand, while I agree that popular culture creates images of athletes that they often cannot live up to, I balk at Dryden's insistence that "people think I am smarter than I am, because of this image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Ducker on June 9 2001
Format: Paperback
Ken Dryden has dared to tell us a warts and all account of a career in the NHL. As a hall of fame Goalie he was well postioned to observe the play of his team mates on the ice. Granted special status as the team's goalie he was then well place to observe the team off the ice too. He has written an honest account of the impact of long seasons of play both on himself and his team mates. Most revealing are his observations on specific players including Guy LaFleur, Bobby Orr and Larry Robinson. I wonder if his friendships with these men survived these opinions? Thoroughly recommended for all sports fans even non hockey fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justine "movie fanatic" Smith on May 29 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book expecting to read the standard sports book, what I found was a book that was not only about hockey but about life. Even those who are not hardcore hockey fans can appreciate many of the messages and opinions on life.
From the beginning to the end I was caught in the words, it made me think and feel. Reading The Game somehow enriched my life, and I recommend it to all. Ken Dryden was not your average hockey player, he was an intelligent man who will always be known as the man who wrote the greatest book about the game of hockey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evgeny Sakhonko on Nov. 10 2003
Format: Hardcover
Went to Barnes & Noble and read the new chapter in the 20th Anniversary edition of The Game. Ken Dryden is an outstanding writer. People might assume that since he is writing about hockey that's all that there is to this book. Lies! It is about so much more. His take on life is very refreshing. This is one of the few books that I really enjoyed reading recently.
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By Patrick Sullivan TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 29 2010
Format: Hardcover
The 1970s Montreal Canadiens were without question, one of the greatest sports teams ever. This book gives the reader a great feel, for the life the players lived throughout the 1970s. Dryden seems to take note about the smallest details. Dryden also outlines aspects of the games evolution. I did not know the forward pass was not allowed, in the early days of hockey. He discusses the great players of his childhood years, such as his hero Terry Sawchuk. Dryden then points out how the game has changed since the 1950s and 1960s. I also enjoyed his look into the Canada Russia Summit Series. I still regard the Montreal versus the Red Army 1975 New Years Eve game, as the best game I ever saw. Dryden brings back, all those great hockey memories. I also highly recommend the photo collection.
Over all, this book is a fun look into the world of hockey.
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Ken Dryden, one of the NHL's best goalies, writes about his last year with the 1970's Canadiens, one of the greatest teams in NHL history. He provides more than a day by day account of playing but talks about other aspects of the game. From traveling to playing in his hometown to life as a celebrity and a Canadian, Dryden shows why he should be the Commissioenr of the NHL. If you have ever spent a summer in a rink, driven to a 6AM practice or know the words to "Oh, Canada." then "The Game " is for you.
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By Amelie Lepage on Oct. 8 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Came in excellent condition by seller, even though listed only as 'Good'. Only way you could tell it was a used book is it had a sticker on the binding from a library or something that I peeled off. Very pleased. A+

The book is a gift so can't comment on content, but I am sure my husband will absolutely love it!
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