- Taschenbuch: 252 Seiten
- Verlag: McClelland & Stewart (4. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0771026358
- ISBN-13: 978-0771026355
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,4 x 22,9 cm
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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."
"One of the most important hockey books ever written."
From the Hardcover edition.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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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.
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.
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.