The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years Of Glory

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The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years Of Glory

by D'arcy Jenish

Doubleday Canada | October 20, 2009 | Trade Paperback |

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National Bestseller

The definitive history of the Montreal Canadiens - now updated with the inside story of the tumultuous 2009 season.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: October 20, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385663250

ISBN - 13: 9780385663250

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The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years Of Glory

by D'arcy Jenish

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: October 20, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385663250

ISBN - 13: 9780385663250

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Introduction By Bob Gainey “You can’t go back, but you can go there again.” These are the words that pushed me from decision-making to decision on a beautiful spring day in May 2003. As I turned my car into the long driveway at our home on Stony Lake, forty kilometres northeast of Peterborough, I knew I would be the next general manager of the Club de Hockey Canadien. A few days later, on June 3, 2003, a press conference was held at the Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens, to introduce me in my new role. The questions from the herd of journalists came at ­slap-shot speed. Cameras clicked and flashed even faster. Many of the questions I didn’t have answers for . . . yet. Would coach Claude Julien be returning? What would I do with player contracts? Who were the prospects in the system? How did I explain the dismal season the Habs had just completed, missing the playoffs? There was one answer I did have, to a question which came both subtly and directly: Why would I agree to take this position? The team was a disaster. The fans were enraged. The media were on the warpath. The future looked dismal. Why put myself in this unenviable position? The answer was easy and, to me, crystal clear; In Montreal, the Canadiens matter ! In Quebec, the Canadiens matter ! In Canada, the Canadiens matter ! All of that only made the general manager’s job more challenging, a point captured by Terry Mosher, also known as Aislin, celebrated editorial carto
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue: This Is Hockeytown

Preface: A Team Like No Other
1909-1910: A Haphazard Start
1910-1921: The Kendall/Kennedy Years
1921-1931: Les Canadiens Sont Là
1931-1946: Into a Bind and Out
1946-1955: Selke Builds an Empire
1955-1964: A Dynasty Comes and Goes
1964-1971: Sam Pollock Takes Charge
1971-1979: Scotty's Team
1980-1993: The Last Hurrah
1993-2001: Win, Tabernac!
Comeback Time

Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Image Credits
Index



From the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

National Bestseller

The definitive history of the Montreal Canadiens - now updated with the inside story of the tumultuous 2009 season.

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 historian."
- The Gazette (Montreal)


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

D'Arcy Jenish is the author of Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West, the award-winning Indian Fall: The Last Great Days of the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the bestselling The Stanley Cup: A Hundred Years of Hockey at its Best.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating, necessary read for any Canadiens fan or hockey historian."
- The Gazette (Montreal)


From the Hardcover edition.
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