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The Official Illustrated NHL History: The Official History of the Coolest Game on Earth [Paperback]

Arthur Pincus , David Rosner , Len Hochberg , Chris Malcolm


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Book Description

April 30 2011

The history of the NHL runs parallel to the history of hockey and hockey's history is rich and varied. The journey that this sport has taken is a long and exciting one filled with remarkable chapters of victory and defeat, tragedy and triumph and, most of all, people. From the Long Pond of Windsor, Nova Scotia, the first Stanley Cup, and the conception of the NHL in a Montreal hotel ballroom in 1917 to the sensational scenes of the 1999 Stanley Cup, Florida's first champion in 2004, and the drought-ending title of the Chicago Black Hawks in 2010, these are the stories worth telling. From Newsy Lalonde and Howie Morenz, from Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe, to Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull and Sidney Crosby, the stories are special ones.

Written by four leading authorities on the game and supported by stunning archive photography, The Official Illustrated NHL History is a celebration of all that has made the sport what it is today - the characters, the defining moments and the spectacular competition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Fifth House Publishers; 1 edition (April 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847326781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847326782
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 22.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

General editor Arthur Pincus is an editorial and business consultant and author based in New York. He was Vice President Public Relations of the National Hockey League for six years.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome gift for any hockey fan March 5 2011
By S. Valent - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great gift for any hockey fan. The pictures are great and the history is fun to learn about for newer hockey fans. It is a great coffee table book for us. Great piece to get people talking.
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Stuff of Dreams" Oct. 20 2014
By Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
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Throughout my career I served my time grinding away on voluminous tech manuals & college courses. Now that I am retired I want a book to be informative but also serve itself up in enjoyable manner. This large paperback accomplishes just that.

“Updated & Expanded” this Official NHL History is a nice balance of interesting text and B&W or color imagery. After a 2010 Introduction by author Arthur Pincus the book proceeds forward to chapter one “The Origins”. The first dated reference is of a contest played March 03, 1875 that used a wooden puck and was covered by the Montreal Gazette.

From there the book moves smoothly throughout the decades allowing one chapter for each. Along the way there are numerous subchapters & sidebars that provide additional insight into that era. For example, the 1940’s includes “The Big Five O” – “The Red Line” – “Mister Hockey” – “The Comeback Kids” – “The Curse” – “Original Rivals” – “Gone to War” – “A Shooting Star in Goal” & “Stability from the Top”.

Each chapter rounds out with 2–4 pages containing enjoyably short columns devoted to the “Legends” of that decade. Personally, my love of the game began with the seventies. And here the book highlights Gilbert Perreault – Gerry Cheevers – Guy LaFluer – Marcel Dionne – Bobby Clarke & Larry Robinson.

And before you know it you are at the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Overall, a very enjoyable read for a snowy weekend,
if bundled into the recliner, listening to the soft scrapes of the kid I paid to shovel my driveway, while waiting for the pregame to begin....trying not to fall prey to the inevitable middle-age nap. Enjoy!

8 – Introduction
10 – The Origins – “On Frozen Ponds”
18 – The Teens – “A Thorn in the Side”
26 – The Twenties – “Coming to America”
38 – The Thirties – “Hokey Night in Toronto”
54 – The Forties – “The Rocket”
78 – The Fifties – “Dynasty”
102 – The Sixties – “The Great Expansion”
124 – The Seventies – “Enter the Great One”
146 – The Eighties – A European Invasion”
166 – The Nineties – “A Cool Game for the Sun Belt”
188 – The 21st Century – “The New Faces of the Game”
212 – The Stanley Cup – “The Stuff of Dreams”
224 – Awards and Records
* NHL Awards
* Chronology of the Game
* Honored Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
* Individual Records
252 – Index
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for NHL Lovers Aug. 23 2012
By Nat - Published on Amazon.com
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My boyfriend is a big hockey lover. When his ice hockey team made play-offs, I got him this book as a "great job for making playoffs" token. He loved the book! There's great pictures and stories in there to provide NHL lovers with the story behind the sport and the league.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Review of NHL History. May 24 2011
By Game player - Published on Amazon.com
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Dear fans of NHL Hockey.

If your a hockey fan or just interested in Hockey, this book is a good book to get.

The book shows the humble beginings to the big franchise it is today.

If your a sports fan, this is a book to get.

Even if you are not a Hockey fan, this book is still a good book on a game that started small , but has become a major sport in sports of today.

I give this a good thumbs up.

Sincerely the buyer

Game man
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book Oct. 2 2013
By Kim B. Stubbs - Published on Amazon.com
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my husband loves football. he wanted to learn the history. he enjoys the book a lot. he can look up facts in it

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