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The Game of Our Lives [Paperback]

Peter Gzowski
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Sept. 25 2006

In this bestselling timeless classic, Peter Gzowski recounts the 1980-81 season he spent travelling around the NHL circuit with the Edmonton Oilers. These were the days when the young Oilers, led by a teenaged Wayne Gretzky, were poised on the edge of greatness, and about to blaze their way into the record books and the consciousness of a nation. While the story of the early Oilers embodies the book, The Game of Our Lives is much more than a retelling of one season in the life of an NHL team.

Unlike any book ever written in the annals of hockey, Gzowski beautifully weaves together the anatomy of a modern NHL team with the magnificent history of the game to create one of the best books about hockey in Canada. Here are the great teams and the great players through the ages—Morenz, Richard, Howe, Orr, Hull—the men whose rare and indefinable genius on the ice exemplified the speed, grit and innovation of the game.

The Game of Our Lives is the best book on the Canadian passion for hockey; a wondrously perceptive account of the hold the game has on Canadians. —Jack Granatstein, The National Post


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The much-loved, long-time host of CBC Radio's Morningside, Peter Gzowksi was one of Canada's best-known and most respected journalists. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, winner of several broadcasting awards and the recipient of several honorary doctorates. In addition to The Game of Our Lives, Gzowski wrote many bestselling books. His last book, A Peter Gzowski Reader, was published shortly before his death early in 2002.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Game of Our Soul Feb. 13 2001
Format:Hardcover
I first read this book when I was 11 years old and once again 12 years later. Both times it made me realize that hockey in Canada is a right of passage that is one of the few threads holding our nation together. It also helped me to understand that for those of us who love this fast graceful and violent game happiness is only a frozen pond away. The book follows the trials and tribulations of the 1980 pre champion Edmonton Oilers. The team is a group of young unproven players with a few cagey veterans mixed in for guidance. Under the helmanship of Glen Sather the team rises above their lackluster regular season performance. Gzowski travels with the team and becomes a trusted companion which allows him a rare look at the inner workings and social power structure of a professional sports team. Led by the pasty faced 18 year old Wayne Gretzky the Oilers eventually gell into a close knit team which will eventually dominate in the future but must first learn some valueable lessons. I found myself caring for the players and I stopped viewing them as helmeted thugs who compete more for money then for their team. The book enabled me to realize that a successful team can only succeed if it has a good supporting cast of grunts. It's a refreshing read in this day and age of spiralling salaries and inflated egos. Gzowski also includes insights from his childhood growing up in rural Ontario which are very effective. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Game of Our Soul Feb. 13 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I first read this book when I was 11 years old and once again 12 years later. Both times it made me realize that hockey in Canada is a right of passage that is one of the few threads holding our nation together. It also helped me to understand that for those of us who love this fast graceful and violent game happiness is only a frozen pond away. The book follows the trials and tribulations of the 1980 pre champion Edmonton Oilers. The team is a group of young unproven players with a few cagey veterans mixed in for guidance. Under the helmanship of Glen Sather the team rises above their lackluster regular season performance. Gzowski travels with the team and becomes a trusted companion which allows him a rare look at the inner workings and social power structure of a professional sports team. Led by the pasty faced 18 year old Wayne Gretzky the Oilers eventually gell into a close knit team which will eventually dominate in the future but must first learn some valueable lessons. I found myself caring for the players and I stopped viewing them as helmeted thugs who compete more for money then for their team. The book enabled me to realize that a successful team can only succeed if it has a good supporting cast of grunts. It's a refreshing read in this day and age of spiralling salaries and inflated egos. Gzowski also includes insights from his childhood growing up in rural Ontario which are very effective. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's item for hockey fans May 29 2009
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Despite being written in the early 80s, The Game of Our Lives is still a fascinating, and relevant, book about a season in the NHL. As a young kid at the time, I followed Gretzky and the Oilers as much as one could growing up in central Pennsylvania. But this is a hockey book for all hockey fans; not just a story about the pre-championship Oilers, but an engaging insight into the history of the Canadian game. I highly recommend it.
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