—EDWARD FRASER, THE HOCKEY NEWS
“To the degree that expansion has changed the league since 1967, it’s surprising that no one’s gone in-depth to see what faced the NHL’s six newest teams. Bass does, and gives any hockey history nut their fix!”
—BRYAN THIEL, HOCKEY54.COM
“Alan Bass has captured the history of the biggest turning point in NHL history ... Bass brings both the highlights on the ice and all the important maneuvers behind the scenes to fans, including what happened and why. Full of in-depth analysis and interesting and never before heard stories, this book is a must for any hockey fan.”
—BRAD KURTZBERG, AUTHOR OF SHORTHANDED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE SEALS
“Alan Bass has produced a well researched and thoughtful look back at the NHL’s original ‘expansion’ ... this book is a must for all those interested in the history of pro hockey in North America.”
—BRUCE “SCOOP” COOPER, HOCKEY HISTORIAN, AUTHOR, AND BROADCASTER
It was March 1965 when Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League, emerged from a long board meeting and announced that the NHL would double in size beginning with the 1967-68 season. Fans loyal to the “Original Six” were furious. Owners were irate. In The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk that Changed the NHL Forever, hockey expert Alan Bass profiles the power brokers and provides an in-depth study of the decision and its revolutionary impact on the game.
Bass, a former hockey player and freelance sports writer, relies on thorough research, interviews, and first-person accounts in order to reach into the past and uncover the mystery of a behind-closed-doors decision that seemed improbable at the time. As he profiles the powerful owners, media moguls, and die-hard sportsmen involved in the politics and backroom dealings, Bass shares a never-before-seen glimpse into how the decision forever impacted professional hockey in North America.
The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk that Changed the NHL Forever is not only an important documentation of Clarence Campbell’s bold move of doubling the number of NHL franchises, but also provides an unforgettable look back into the history of pro hockey in North America.
In this Western based critique Munro explains how the NHL ended up eliminating goal scorers and entertainers with a series of rule changes and management decisions. And it is a discussion of how Canada lost its role as the dominant hockey nation and started developing only supporting players and not lead actors. An honest and sometimes disturbing 250 page essay that is a must read for anyone who loves hockey and wants to see it become a global success.
What was the date of the first NHL game? Who scored the first goal and which team won? Did Gordie Howe ever actually have a Gordie Howe hat trick? Gibson offers definitive answers to these fundamental questions, but also contributes fascinating background nobody else thought to ask about, such as game-time weather, contract disputes and the flu epidemic that claimed the lives of two players and cancelled the 1919 Stanley Cup Final. Gibson scores laughs with true facts from between the posts, noting that legendary Canadiens goalie Georges Vezina sired 24 children (“he was known for saves on the ice and scoring off”), and that the Quebec Bulldogs’ shameful record of 4–20 may have been due, in part, to the worst nickname ever for a goaltender (“Holes”). The myth of the Original Six is down-sized to the Original One, as Gibson points out that the Montreal Canadiens is the only team to have been around at the start of the NHL and to have retained their original team name.
Other highlights include hall-of-famers, hall-of-shamers and an extensive “On This Date” chapter that highlights 366 trivia-worthy moments from 95 years of hockey history. Combining extensive research, humor and keen curiosity, Of Myths and Sticks is hockey’s version of MythBusters—what’s true, what’s not, and how can we make finding out almost as entertaining as watching the game.
The answers to hundreds of trivia questions lie in these pages. Learn about foreign leagues, junior hockey, and superstars like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, and of course “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky. You can find interesting facts about the builders of the game, including Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Coach Jack Adams, both of whom have NHL trophies named in their honor. You will meet scoring leaders, winning coaches, amazing goalies and ice hockey royalty.
Whether you’re a long-time fan of ice hockey, or if you’re just looking for answers to troublesome trivia questions in your latest game of Trivial Pursuit, The Great Book of Ice Hockey is the book for you. Presented in a clear and engaging manner, this collection of sports trivia will give fans of ice hockey a new and entertaining set of random facts to liven up a boring day or fill the time during intermission.
Sid vs. Ovi traces this intense rivalry game by game, year by year, from 2005 to 2011 and beyond. Their biographies are given consideration alongside their in-game performance and career development to present a clear picture of their lives, their careers, their league, and their countries. Hockey fans can well be divided into those who prefer one or the other of this pair of scintillating talents. But one thing is certain – the presence of one inspires the other to greater heights.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
You can't talk about Gretzky without talking about his records and achievements: 50 goals in just 39 games, 9 Hart Trophies, 10 Art Ross Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups, 215 points in a single season, and, of course, retiring with 2856 points. Each record is a remarkable achievement by the game's most remarkable player, and each will be broken down in this book.
Published with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written with his cooperation, this is the Gretzky biography that his fans have so anxiously awaited. Veteran sports journalist Al Strachan has enjoyed an extremely close friendship with Gretzky for well over 25 years, and during this time Strachan has reported on every aspect of his professional career. The two have spent thousands of hours talking about the game and such details as Wayne's move to L.A., managing the 2002 Canadian Olympic team and coaching in Phoenix. Their close friendship has offered each man the opportunity to discuss the game that they both love, and in this book Strachan takes readers on a most remarkable journey and details the life of Wayne Gretzky like it has never been told.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are an exception to every law of the sporting jungle. They miss the playoffs and the sellouts keep coming. They haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967, but the earning power of that blue-and-white maple leaf, no matter the chronic woes of the blue-and-white’s power play, never ceases to increase. In this description of failure and prescription for hope, Toronto Star sports columnist Dave Feschuk and Globe and Mail sports reporter Michael Grange draw the illogical roadmap that pinpoints how the once-proud Leafs got lost in the sporting hinterlands, who’s to blame for stranding them there, and how they might extract themselves from this historic mire.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
POLK'S SOLILOQUY is the story of Polk Fauxston, a recent college grad trying to make a life for himself in Washington, DC. He navigates the city as he moves through his life with the help of friends and the specter of relationships past, present, and possible future. He explores the roads of love, work and passion in his search for a life worth living.