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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (Oct. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443427926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443427920
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ken Dryden is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and is widely recognized as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. During Dryden’s eight seasons in goal, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup six times, and Dryden won the Conn Smythe Trophy, Calder Cup and Vezina trophy six times. A graduate of Cornell University and, in law, McGill University, he is the author of three other books, Home Game, The Moved and the Shaken and In School. Ken served as a member of parliament, including as a cabinet minister, and was recently inducted into the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.


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This book is about hockey in the seventies. Focused mostly on the Montreal Canadiens it gives a up close and personal look at that Stanley Cup winning team by a member of the team. Dryden was the goaltender and is considered one of the all time best goalies in hockey. Other subjects include hockey history and development, the clash with the Soviets, and some cultural topics.
Dryden profiles his teammate’s capabilities on the ice and theirs quirks off the ice. He observes team culture and interpersonal actions. This gives the reader a picture of what it is like to be on a NHL hockey team.

Dryden also peaks at Canadian culture when he writes about French Anglo relations in Montreal. He describes Toronto ‘The Good’ and portrays in depth the backyard hockey games that produced so many hockey players. He looks at the game when it was a onside game before forward passing was allowed. He critics the forward pass as a loss of skill that inaugurated the dump and chase style of game. He also critics the Soviet game of puck possession as predictable and not realistic because of the many transitions in the game.

This book was a best seller when it was first published. At that time it was considered a unique look at Canada and its game. It is still relevant for people who love sports books and for people studying Canadian culture.
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I had avoided this book for a long time because I am not a Canadians fan, but it is a book that captures the history of hockey in the 1970s in a way that transcends one team. Dryden is a superb story teller and draws convincing portraits of a number of his teammates and also other stars of the era, especially Bobby Orr. If like me you are looking for a hockey fix during the long Canadian summers (lol) then this book is a worthy consideration any year.
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I give it only 4 because I have only read half of it yet. This book ought to be translated in to a hell of a lot of languages. I suspect it is not. I was a hockey fan before I was a people fan. And I'm still not quite sure of, what an offside is in hockey. This book combines. This book relates. In a very good way.
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