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The Lives of Conn Smythe: From the Battlefield to Maple Leaf Gardens: A Hockey Icon's Story [Hardcover]

Kelly McParland
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Oct. 18 2011
The first full-length biography of one of hockey's - and Canada's - most influential forces, Conn Smythe.

While the story of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been told many times, there has never been a full biography of the man who created, built and managed the team, turning it from a small-market collection of second-rate players into the hockey and financial powerhouse that dominated Canadian sports and created a collection of Canadian icons along the way. From the 1920s to the mid-1960s, Conn Smythe was one of the best-known, highest-profile figures in the country - irascible, tempestuous, outspoken and controversial. He not only constructed a hockey team that dominated the league for long stretches, but was critical to the growth and shaping of the NHL itself. By building Maple Leaf Gardens and hiring Foster Hewitt to fill Canada's living rooms with weekly broadcasts, he turned Saturday night into hockey night, creating institutions and habits that became central to Canada's character and remain with us today.

Smythe's story is much deeper and richer than the tale of a cantankerous hockey owner. Smythe fought in both world wars, fighting at Ypres and Passchendaele in the first war and landing at Normandy in the second. He was wounded in both and spent two years as a POW in a German camp after being shot down in 1917. He grew up in poverty and vowed to escape the life that was so incredibly hard on his family. Smythe was active in politics and ignited a national crisis over conscription that split the Liberal government in two and brought Mackenzie King to the brink of resignation.

This book tells the life of one of the country's great characters, a man who helped shape and define us and who left behind national habits and institutions that continue to lay at the heart of what makes Canada, Canada.

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"Kelly McParland... has offered hockey fans a truly remarkable book on the man who essentially built the Leafs we know and love, or hate, today. This piece of work [is] so special and great tribute to one of Canada's biggest icons." -- TheCheckingLine.com

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KELLY McPARLAND is a writer, editor and columnist at the National Post and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. He has worked for more than thirty years at newspapers and agencies in Canada, England, and Hong Kong. A lifelong Toronto Maple Leaf fan, he is old enough to remember the winning goal in the 1967 Stanley Cup, and young enough to live in hope of seeing the next one as well. He lives outside Toronto with his wife and daughter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tried and true blue Nov. 1 2011
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For those of us who have a blue and white book shelf, and are intrigued with the storied history of both Maple Leaf Gardens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, I could not recommend Kelly McParland's work more highly. While the tales have been told by many different voices, no one has had clearer insight, or more direct access to the source of knowledge, since Scott Young worked directly with Conn Smythe. This book takes the tale a step beyond the sport's pages and peoples it with real characters, wonderfully fleshed out, weaving history, politics and sports together. Pitting them against the backdrop of a nation coming of age and searching for an identity, we can feel the cold, damp air of all those early rinks and smell the fresh paint piled layer upon layer in the Gardens. Reliving historic games and legendary moments is treated with a deft hand by this author. The book carries the ring of truth and if you thought you knew all there was to know about Conn Smythe, there is still much to ponder about his complex and sometimes contradictory character. Future generations will gain a greater understanding of Toronto during the early years where we lived in divided societies, fearful and distrustful of one another. Yet through all the pain and blood, we grew to become a much more tolerant society, with our love for our national game, still intact. If you have a Leaf fan on your Christmas list, I would plan on putting this book on your list. If you are the reader, plan on giving yourself a weekend to do nothing else; unless, like me, you are happy to burn the midnight oil, too enthralled to close the covers and waste time sleeping.
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