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Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957--1967 [Paperback]

Kevin Shea , Paul Patskou , Roly Harris
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Sept. 23 2010

Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967 chronicles those wonderful seasons when the Toronto Maple Leafs skyrocketed from last place in the NHL to become the powerhouse team of the decade. During the 1950s and 60s the Leafs were always a contender and won the Stanley Cup in three consecutive years (1962-1964), along with an improbable Stanley Cup victory over their archrival, the Montreal Canadiens, in 1967 to close out the era of the original six NHL teams.

Of the many books written on the Leafs, this one is unique: Kevin Shea and his writing partners revisit all the important games and moments from each season with astonishing detail based on the broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada from that decade. There are authentic calls from the broadcast booth, Hot Stove Lounge conversations and detailed descriptions of game-changing goals and late-game heroics that have been obscured by the passage of time -- and the performance of the weaker teams that have followed.

Along with unearthed, never-before released interviews from dynasty players, such as Johnny Bower, Dave Keon and George Armstrong to name only a few, the authors reconstruct Toronto's dynasty years with professional accuracy, authenticity and care.

This big book will be dear to the heart of every Maple Leaf fan -- a nostalgic journey through hockey history and thus into the history of modern Canada itself.


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We know that hope springs eternal for Leaf fans, but if you get too wistful for the team's bygone glory days, Kevin Shea's latest book of hockey history, Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967 will give your morale a boast. (Open Book Toronto 2010-11-02)

Looking for a Christmas gift to soothe and entertain the Toronto Maple Leafs fan in your house or heart? Then search no farther than the recently released tome - Toronto Maple Leafs -Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967. (Bruce Hain Simcoe.com 2010-11-04)

This isn't merely another trip down memory lane to wax poetic about a long-gone era of Maple Leafs hockey. The authors seek not only to tell the story but in essence attempt to take the reader back in time and allow them to watch the story unfold. (Bob Duff Windsor Star 2010-09-28)

Vividly recalling a glorious decade in the team's history. Yes, there was one. (Dave Stubbs Montreal Gazette 2010-12-09)

A fat history of the Leafs that helps to explain why there's such a fuss--in Toronto, anyway--over the fact the team has gone 42 years without winning the Stanley Cup. (Waterloo Region Record 2010-11-27)

We have to go back a ways to when the Toronto Maple Leafs were any good, but they have had a storied past. In his book Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967 Kevin Shea looks at the Leafs during the years from 1957 to 1967 where the team went from last place to Stanley Cup Champions in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967. Interviews, statistics, game details, good black-and-white photographs and much more make this a good book for Maple Leafs fans to whom the book is dedicated. Good Foreword written by Johnny Bower. (Glenn Perrett Simcoe.com 2011-05-14)

About the Author

Kevin Shea is a hockey historian and best-selling author. He is the editor of publications for the Hockey Hall of Fame and teaches hockey history at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs Historical Committee and the Society for International Hockey Research.

Paul Patskou is a hockey historian, researcher, writer and authority on archival hockey footage. He was the historical consultant for Leafs TV and the associate producer of Leafs Classics.

Roly Harris is a life-long Leafs' fan who closely followed the team's glory years. He has spent the past 36 years working in law, as a criminal lawyer, crown attorney and judge.

Paul Bruno is known as "The Statsman," primarily due to his podcasts and his work in sports statistics. He has worked with Fanball Sports Network and Stats LLC.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Maple Leaf Fan's Dream Nov. 11 2010
Format:Paperback
A truly outstanding read!

As a child of the 60's, who was forced to go to bed on school nights before the games were over, this is truly a walk down memory lane!

Skillfully written by Outstanding author Kevin Shea (who was ably assisted by 3 other very qualified individuals), this is a pleasurable publication, that does not bore the reader, as some diaries have, but rather, enlightens even the most loyal of Maple Leaf fans with details and insights that clearly show that there was a tremendous amount of research done by the authors!

For those of us who were around at the time, it is a pleasant trip down memory lane. For those Maple Leaf fans who came after 1967 it is a pleasant and informative look at an age of hockey that we will never see again.

Imagine NHL hockey with only 360 player openings in the League! Imagine watching a game with no advertising on the boards or on the ice! Imagine playing the other teams in the league 14 times a season! The teams travelled by train, and, in the case of a home and home weekend series, didn't speak to members of the other team during these trips! Less than a dozen players wore helmets (that's because there was a lot more respect for your fellow player than there is now!).

I could go on further, but that would spoil the pleasurable experience that reading this book provides!

This is a great read even for fans of other teams!

Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu all over again! Oct. 9 2010
By gshank
Format:Paperback
For any of us who lived through the Leaf dynasty, and even for those who don't believe there ever was one, this is a fabulous book. Well written, easy to read and well-documented. I would highly recommend it to anyone who remembers or those of you who still dream of the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Price For The Real Original Six Fan March 3 2013
By Hallauthor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While the look and feel of the book are a little "casual" for my tastes given the regal subject, the points of view expressed by the participants and the accounts by the author give you a great feel for this very special time in Maple Leaf history. I wish there would have been more noteworthy photographs, but it was still worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Maple Leaf Fan's Dream!! Nov. 5 2010
By J. McHugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A truly outstanding read!

As a child of the 60's, who was forced to go to bed on school nights before the games were over, this is truly a walk down memory lane!

Skillfully written by Outstanding author Kevin Shea (who was ably assisted by 3 other very qualified individuals), this is a pleasurable publication, that does not bore the reader, as some diaries have, but rather, enlightens even the most loyal of Maple Leaf fans with details and insights that clearly show that there was a tremendous amount of research done by the authors!

For those of us who were around at the time, it is a pleasant trip down memory lane. For those Maple Leaf fans who came after 1967 it is a pleasant and informative look at an age of hockey that we will never see again.

Imagine NHL hockey with only 120 player openings in the League! Imagine watching a game with no advertising on the boards or on the ice! Imagine playing the other teams in the league 14 times a season! The teams travelled by train, and, in the case of a home and home weekend series, didn't speak to members of the other team during these trips! Less than a dozen players wore helmets (that's because there was a lot more respect for your fellow player than there is now!).

I could go on further, but that would spoil the pleasurable experience that reading this book provides!

This is a great read even for fans of other teams!

Enjoy!
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