From the Publisher
The definitive history of the Montreal Canadiens - to coincide with
their Centenary in 2009.
Before there were slapshots, Foster Hewitt, or even an NHL, there
were the Canadiens. Founded on December 4, 1909, the team won its
first Stanley Cup in 1916. Since then, the Canadiens have won 23
more championships, making them the most successful hockey team in
the world. The team has survived two wars, the Great Depression,
NHL expansion, and countless other upheavals, thanks largely to the
loyalty of fans and an extraordinary cast of players, coaches,
owners, and managers.
The Montreal Canadiens captures the full glory of
this saga. It weaves the personalities, triumphs, heartaches, and
hysteria into a compelling narrative with a surprise on every page.
It sheds new light on old questions - how the team colours were
chosen, how the Canadiens came to be known as the Habitants - and
goes behind the scenes of tumultuous recent events still awaiting
thorough examination: why Scotty Bowman was passed over as general
manager after Sam Pollock resigned; why Pollock's successor, Irving
Grunman, failed; why Serge Savard was dumped as GM so hastily
despite his record.
Colourful and controversial, The Montreal
Canadiens is the history of a team that has been making
news for 100 years - and continues to do so with the return of
legendary player Bob Gainey as general manager, determined to bring
the Stanley Cup back to Montreal.
From the Jacket
"A fascinating, necessary read for any Canadiens fan or hockey
- The Gazette (Montreal)
Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in
Published: June 27, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385663242
ISBN - 13: 9780385663243