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The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Oktober 2011

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"Simply said this is one of the best hockey books written since Ken Dryden's The Game and Dryden and Roy MacGregor's Home Game." 
Peterborough Examiner

"A masterful job."
— Montreal Gazette

"A tense yet thrilling tale." 
Winnipeg Free Press

"The Greatest Game will stand up well as a good treatment of a unique set of circumstances that led to a game for the ages. After reading it, many will want to run out and find a recording of the game. That's pretty high praise."
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"One of the most important hockey books ever written." 
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A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, TODD DENAULT is a freelance writer who has had his work featured in numerous online and print publications. He is the author of Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic book with unbelievable insight 21. Mai 2016
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The story is fantastic and made me nostalgic for the "good old days". The back stories of the players was fantastic. The author does a wonderful job of interweaving many stories but never looses the big picture. The only problem is there where a few errors in the book that would have been picked up by a good proofreader. They did not effect the story but we're a minor distraction to a hockey made person who lived through the era. Again minor but there.
Another interesting part of the book was the authors ability to interview so many players over 40 years later and to get there memories of events. Great insights into the state of mind of the players who made these games so special. Also the behind the scenes stores gave fans a look at the events that we were not privy too at the time. Just one example was the story of the Red Army players fighting each other to get one of the great Bobby Orr sticks when The Red Army team was in Boston to play the Bruins.
Over all one of the best Hockey, no I take that back., One of the best books I have ever read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Canadiens Rock! 24. Februar 2011
Von R Murphy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book provides an interesting, scholarly, and quite readable trip down memory lane, an especially enjoyable stroll for fans of the great Canadiens teams of the 1970s. While it is ostensibly aimed at those who wish to know the background to the 1975 New Year's Eve classic, Soviet Red Army vs the Montreal Canadiens, Mr. Denault's book will appeal to anyone who has an interest in the history of Soviet hockey, or an interest in the evolution of the NHL in the 1960s and 70s, or is a fan of the les Habitants. This book covers in some detail the beginnings of Soviet "professional" hockey, from the coaches and the Soviet scheme to the heavy-handedness of the Soviet hierarchy. The author takes us behind the scenes of Canadian hockey in the 50s and 60s, the farm system, the evolution of the draft, and the impact of the WHA on salaries and the style of play. Throughout Denault contrasts the disparity in Soviet and Canadian hockey organizations and the reluctance of Canadian coaches to even consider an alternative to their rough and tough, individualistic brand of hockey, doubtless a consequence of the contrasting political and social realities in the respective systems. Some may quibble at the detail that Mr. Denault provides early on, but he does lay out the many concurrent trends in hockey and in sport in general at the time. And his approach sets the stage for vivid descriptions of the 1972 Summit Series between the NHL and the Red Army, and the 1974 series in which the new WHA vainly attempted to repeat the NHL team's success. Numerous personalities are brought to life, from Sam Pollock and Fred Shero, to Ken Dryden and Larry Robinson. On the Soviet side we are introduced to its ground-breaking coach Anatoli Tarasov, and presented compelling portraits of Vladislav Tretiak and Valeri Kharlamov and many others. The Game, the climax of the book, comes rather late in the proceedings, but to be fair, there is only so much that one can describe about a 60 minute sporting event, even a momentous one. The real story, we learn, is mostly prologue. When at last Mr. Denault brings us to the storied Forum to witness the game, he helps us re-live those exciting events through an elegant prose that is equal to the beauty and purity of the game itself. Despite the broad scope of the work and a few editing oversights, I enjoyed the book very much, and recommend it to all fans of the great game of hockey.
4.0 von 5 Sternen I was sad to see the book come to an end. 4. Januar 2014
Von Terry Hawes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Denault has put together a gem of a book that tells the story of hockey from both a Canadian and Soviet perspective. The New Year's Eve game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Soviet Red Army is the feature, but after finishing the book I gained a better appreciation for the way the Soviets developed the game of hockey in their own special way.

I was pleasantly surprised by this as I was expecting little to no background on the Soviet side of things; however, the author has reviewed the history of Soviet hockey from its initial foundations and one particular story about the Godfather of Russian hockey, Anatoli Tarasov, is particularly memorable.

Hockey in the mid-1970s had become more about the fisticuffs instead of the skilled play that most true hockey fans wanted and the author has detailed in great length about how the New Year's Eve game would start to tear away at the need for hockey teams to use bullying and brawling tactics as a means to win games. I don't think this point is valid as such tactics continued to persist despite the fact that the Canadiens would go on to win 4 straight Stanley Cups.

All in all though, it is a great read and I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatest Game 28. Juni 2012
Von Menikoe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Greatest Game was recommended to me by a long time friend & hockey coach. It is a very easy read & the background information on 1) the development of the Soviet system, 2) the development of many of the key players & coaches for both teams and 3) what the trends were in the NHL during the 1970s is quite fascinating.I would highly recommend reading this book if you wanted to gain more insight of what took place in the NHL and Soviet Hockey during the 3 decades leading up to the game b/w the Montreal Canadians & the Soviet Red Army. For those of us who grew up playing and watching NHL Hockey during the 1960s and 1970s, you will experience several flashbacks (some good, some not so good)of what we saw.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Definitely Rates A Place in My Sports Library 25. Januar 2015
Von Bill Emblom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I rate parts 1 and 2 three stars and parts 3 and 4 five stars. I couldn't put the book down from parts 3 and 4 I found it so riveting. What I remember about hockey from this time period was the names of the Montreal Canadians' hockey players found in the book and the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers were known as the Broad Street Bullies and had Kate Smith, either in person or recording, sing God Bless America prior to the start of their games. Also, I believed that when the highlights of a game were fights I didn't feel you had much of a sport. I knew nothing about Russia playing a series of games against several National Hockey League teams.

That said, I found the game played on December 31, 1975, between the Montreal Canadians and the Russian team to be one of sportsmanship played to a 3 to 3 tie to be, for lack of a better word, heartwarming. The Canadians had 38 shots on goal compared to only 13 for the Russians but the goal tending of Vladislav Tretiak kept things at a game-ending tie. When the Russian team moved on to play in Philadelphia the Flyers embarrassed themselves and the United States by their use of thuggery against the Russians in which the Russian coach removed his team from the ice. The administration of the coup de grace against the Flyers came when the Canadians swept the Flyers out of their rule of NHL champions by defeating them in for the Stanley Cup championship and a return to civilized hockey.

The Montreal Canadians selected Tretiak in the draft of 1983 but the Russians would not allow him to compete in the NHL. Although it was too late for Tretiak the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 all of the best Russian players are now eligible to join the NHL. In 2007 Tretiak was on hand to celebrate the retirement of Canadian goal tender Ken Dryden's jersey in Montreal.

This book definitely filled a gap in my knowledge of hockey's history that I wasn't aware I was living through at the time it took place.
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