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The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory Hardcover – Sep 30 2008


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385663242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385663243
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There haven’t been too many dynasties in the 91-year history of the National Hockey League, but after reading this exhaustive account of the Montreal Canadiens, it’s easy to see why the Habs were the gold standard for so long. It’s not just the 24 Stanley Cups. It’s the almost unbroken line of stars, from Georges Vézina and Newsy Lalonde to Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur, Bob Gainey, and Patrick Roy. Relying heavily on old newspaper accounts, D’Arcy Jenish knits together a compelling yarn that traces not just the century-old équipe des habitants, but the events of the day that affected hockey and the world away from it, including two world wars, the flu outbreak of 1918, and the Quiet Revolution of Quebec nationalism. For hockey history and trivia buffs, this book can’t be beat. Who knew that Dryden played defence for Vulcan Packaging in the Toronto Industrial League when he sat out the NHL’s 1973-74 season in protest over the Canadiens’ refusal to renegotiate his contract? If you like the off-ice intrigue of signings, hirings, and firings, Jenish has it covered like Gainey in his prime. While there is entirely too much game-related minutiae here, the book authentically captures the mood of the times and the stories of the day – be it Lafleur’s sad decline or Roy’s inglorious exit.  The Habs have fallen on lean times since their last Cup victory in 1993, but there may yet be another chapter to add to Les Glorieux.

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“A fascinating, necessary read for any Canadiens fan or hockey historian.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader on Dec 16 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great rarity: a sports history book that is superbly written and researched. It no doubt helps that D'Arcy Jenish, as well as being a Habs follower, is also a historian ("Epic Wanderer", about David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West, is one of his books). His history of the Canadiens is founded on new interviews and an exhaustive search through a century's worth of newspapers, which gives his work both factual authority and a vivid immediacy. It reads at an exciting pace. The chapters on recent developments, and what went on behind closed boardroom doors, are fascinating. And he doesn't let his love of the team blind him to its mistakes and missteps over the years. A surprisingly revealing introduction by Bob Gainey is a nice bonus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Christie on Jan. 14 2010
Format: Paperback
It was no surprize that my son inlaw was stunned when we presented him with the entire gift box of Canadiens history...the book and video's of important games were something he enjoyed 100%. He took the book with him on the aircraft to Mexico and completed the read before landing at the resort....he said the time just flew by/.

Larry Christie
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By SnowPharoah TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 1 2015
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, there is a place in your heart where you remember that it was ok to belong to a team. You remember the players well, because most of them were part of the team for longer than one or two years. You remember the games because they determined your place in the playoffs and how difficult it would be to have a shot at winning the Stanley Cup, not simply whether you would make the playoffs and get past the first round or not. Your remember the tradition of having your friends around to watch games and how, through the years, much like a team, the friends changed somewhat, some remained, some were added, others added girl friends or wives. But in the end, you remember a time where the business of hockey was about fun as much as anything else, and that it "mattered", as Bob Gainey states in the preface to this book.

This is a fine scholarly intrusion into the history of the Montreal Canadiens, written for the centennial celebrations of the team in 2009. It bristles with interviews, with stories and with some of the not so accessible information that only an academic historian might be interested in hunting down. Stories of epochs, players, games and coaches abound and the reader quickly understands that there is more than sports and entertainment at stake here. Jenish portrays what has become a piece of Canadiana, something of a cultural and social institution that one treats with respect, even when addressing the less than glorious business aspects of the game.

In the last part of the book, Jenish recounts the rather discouraging seasons of the early 2000s, where the team made the playoffs, sometimes, by the skin of its teeth and where rapid elimination was the norm.
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