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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.
"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
A very well written, sincere and accurate account of tthe Montreal hockey scene of the early 70s and lat 80s.Published on April 28 2013 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