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Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL-The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes

Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL-The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes [Kindle Edition]

Tal Pinchevsky

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The incredible true story of the trailblazing men who risked everything to pass through the Iron Curtain and become NHL superstars, Breakaway is a thrilling look at the stories that changed hockey forever. From midnight meetings in secluded forests, to evading capture by military and police forces, this is the story of the brave players whose passion of the game trumped all.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the legends of the ice who put everything on the line just for the chance to play on the world's greatest stage, many of them speaking about their experiences for the very first time, the book looks at how Peter Stastny, Igor Larionov, Petr Klima, Petr Nedved, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Alexander Mogilny, and other hockey superstars captured the imaginations of fans around the world. As much a tale of espionage and social history as a gripping hockey chronicle, Breakaway sheds light on the untold stories of some of the sports' most inspiring heroes.


The Dream Was Escape.

Hockey Was the Ticket.

Current NHL rosters are packed with Central and Eastern Europeans, outstanding players such as Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Jaromir Jagr.

Until the Cold War ended in 1989, however, strict laws and harsh punishments prevented Eastern Bloc athletes from leaving their native countries to play for North American teams. Those caught in the attempt faced imprisonment, government retaliation against their family and friends, and the distinct possibility of being shot by twitchy border guards.

Despite these risks and the hardships faced by the relatives they left behind, a few daring players—like Vaclav Nedomansky, the Stastny brothers, and Petr Klima—followed in the path of the scientists and high-ranking military officials who defected to the West.

On their brief trips beyond the Iron Curtain for international tournaments, these sportsmen had glimpsed the comparatively free and affluent society of North America and the thrill of playing in hockey's most vaunted league—and when they returned to their homes in the Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia, they could think of nothing else. Aided by agents on both sides of the Berlin Wall and team executives working with and against the Communist apparatus, these players found themselves agreeing to secret meetings and ambitious escape plans, all in order to fulfill their dreams.

Tal Pinchevsky has interviewed the stars who broke away as well as the agents, general managers, and others who were instrumental in their defection. As much a tale of espionage and social history as a gripping hockey chronicle, Breakaway sheds light on one of the greatest untold stories in sports.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 411 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 289 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1118095006
  • Verlag: HarperCollins (27. August 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00E7S2ONC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read 26. Oktober 2013
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This was a great read, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. The author did a fantastic job of telling the amazing stories of Eastern Bloc hockey players making the sometimes dangerous escape to freedom and the NHL. As a relatively new hockey fan it gave me a great appreciation for these players and this period of hockey history. I highly recommend this book for any hockey fan.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A interesting topic worth writing about 28. Januar 2013
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I had heard about this book when the author was on NHL radio and started looking for it immediately. For hockey fans, or fans of the history of hockey, I would highly recommend this. The author is clearly a fan of hockey first and shares the statistical side of things as part of the overall story. For me, that is a plus, however, I could see a non-hockey fan struggling through the parts where detailed parts of seasons seem to bog the stories down. Reading this book in some ways brings back a part of life that I never liked which was the uncomfortable stand-off the U.S. had with the former Soviet regime that existed during my childhood. But, seeing things from the other side is worth every bit of the unease.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding 9. November 2012
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Simply put this is the best non-fiction book sports books I've read in a very long time. For me most sports books are like frozen pizza, mildly enjoyable when your going throught it and then completely forgotten about 5 minutes later. Breakaway is a book that will stay with you. And for young people who also assumed players like Malkin, Ovechkin and Chara were always here it gives great historical perspective.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great historical hockey read 16. Februar 2013
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I enjoyed the stories of the eastern bloc players hoping to get out. The book combines the greatest sport and one of the darkest periods in our history. It was very well written and I would suggest it to anyone interested in the history of Ice hockey or Czechoslovakia.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Really paints a great picture of what some players went through 24. Dezember 2012
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I am huge NHL fan who was very interested in what some of these players faced. It went even deeper than I had hoped. It was very interesting, especially with the cloak and dagger scenarios that occurred.
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