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"An illustration of hockey's special place in the Canadian heart and mind...Harper has written a finely detailed history of the struggle between professionalism and amateurism in early 20th-century Ontario hockey...It includes insightful examinations of class and religion and the roles they played in a country that still saw itself as a pillar of the British Empire, all viewed through the prism of hockey at the dawn of the pro era." (The New York Times)

"...the Prime Minister does a good job of taking you back to the country, and the time, that gave birth to the national game." (Globe and Mail)

A Great Game is a "...readable and entertaining historical exposition of the early organizational days of Canada's most beloved sport...[Harper is] an unreconstructed sentimentalist about hockey. He romances the game, focusing on its sepia-toned infancy." (Toronto Star)

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In the tumultuous beginnings of hockey, the fights were as much off the ice as on it. A Great Game is about the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who built the game, and the rise and fall of legendary teams pursuing the Stanley Cup. With a historian’s perspective and fan’s passion, Stephen Harper presents a riveting and often surprising portrait of the early years of hockey, capturing everything from the physical contests on the rinks to the battles behind the scenes.

A Great Game shows how much about hockey has stayed the same. Rough play, fervent hometown loyalties, owner-player contract disputes, partisan news coverage, and big money were issues from the get-go. Was hockey to be a game of obsessed amateurs playing for the love of the sport, or was it a game for paid professionals who would give fans what they wanted?

A century ago rinks could melt, and by halftime the blades screwed to the players’ shoes could be sinking in mud, but the hockey pioneers were unstoppable. Teams sprang up across North America, from Victoria to Winnipeg, Halifax to Montreal, and Detroit to Pittsburgh. In the Queen City, in spite of the fanatical opposition of amateur hockey leaders, early teams such as the Toronto Professionals of 1908 and the Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 took turns battling for Toronto’s very first Stanley Cup. These “forgotten Leafs” would lay the groundwork for the world’s most profitable hockey franchise.

In A Great Game, Stephen Harper brings alive the history of hockey’s first decades and pays passionate tribute to the earliest star players of the game. This entertaining and original book will captivate fans from start to finish.



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Solid Book About Beginning of Canadian Hockey 27 février 2014
Par Nicholas Finnigan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
PM Harper's book is a very detailed account on the infancy of amateur and professional hockey in Central and Eastern Canada.

Pro's:
Does a great job of explaining how hockey spread across Canada
Book moves fairly quickly within and between seasons
Decent job at building the main characters throughout their years in professional hockey

Con's:
Focuses too much on each game detail. Some games are a goal by goal recap of the game.
Little detail on the business side of the game.
Toronto focused, at the expense of the Montreal Wanderers and even Pacific Coast Hockey teams.

If you're a hockey fanatic--especially a Leafs fan--the book is worth a read. But for a general sports fan, there are better sports books worth your time (Book of Basketball, Blind Side, The Breaks of the Game).
Be warned, not your average page turning hockey book 14 mai 2015
Par Diefenbaker the dog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Setting aside my acute feelings for Harper, I found this book second hand and gave it a good read before deciding not to buy it ...

This isn't a hockey book, it is a Master's thesis. It looks at a fairly obscure bit of hockey history and lards on the minutia and trivia. It is primarily concerned with Toronto and as such is a fairly narrow social history. And History it is, with a capital H. On the whole it is not badly written, especially since the subject matter does not invite more exciting or gripping prose. Honestly, I like sports books as a bit of a lark, as I find them refreshing and easy reads. This is neither. If the subject matter and the style of this book are your cup of tea, well knock yourself out! You may love this laborious labour of love. If not, there are SO MANY better hockey books out there.
Professional Hockey's Early Days, Well-Rendered, 20 février 2015
Par Jim Werbaneth - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have no idea how Stephen Harper found the time to write A Great Game, what with his day job of prime ministering and all. His love for the subject shines through, as does excellent research, and a firm grasp of the history of early hockey. As a Pittsburgher, I was struck by the extension of his coverage from Toronto in particular and Canada in general, to the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League.

The book is surprisingly scholarly and methodical. There are times in which this makes it kind of a dry read, but it is well worth the effort.
Absolutely love old hockey history 20 février 2015
Par J. Kweder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Absolutely love old hockey history. Game was much better back then. Book is fantastic, well written and easy to follow
Four Stars 9 avril 2015
Par Jim De Vries - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Very through and well written.
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