"A superb piece of storytelling that details one of the most infamous games in Canadian hockey history. An engrossing read.”
—Damien Cox, The Toronto Star
"As smart as he is stylish, and as ingenious as he is thorough, Gare Joyce is one of this continent's master craftsmen of sporting prose. He is as fine a writer as can be found in any field."
—Jeff MacGregor, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
"It's taken twenty years for someone to turn the lights back on in Piestany. Leave it to Gare Joyce to make it worth the wait."
—Chris Jones, Esquire
“[Joyce] offers incredible depth and insight into his subjects, even tracking down the unfortunate referee who oversaw the game. . . . He goes beyond the tale of the tape to document Canada’s improvement in team discipline at future World Junior tournaments, the difficulty of getting to grips with how the ’87 Russians feel today about Piestany, and the impact this one game had on individual lives for decades to come.” —IHWC.net
“A painstaking account of the brawl at the 1987 World Junior championships between Canadians and Soviets - the last time the two hockey superpowers faced each other as Cold War rivals. Gare Joyce is often said to be one of the best sports writers on the continent, and his engaging and colourful style proves it.”–Russell Smith, in The Wyre
(xyyz.ca)From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Gare Joyce is a writer on the masthead of ESPN The Magazine
. He is also a writer-at-large for Toro Magazine
, a sports correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor
and a contributor to several other magazines including Canadian Geographic
, and The Walrus
. He has won three National Magazine Awards and been a finalist 19 times. He has written two books, Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm
and The Only Ticket Off the Island: Baseball in the Dominican Republic
.From the Hardcover edition.