Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.2 in
Published: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476716536
ISBN - 13: 9781476716534
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Like millions of other Canadians, Stephen Harper developed his love
for hockey at a young age as he played at the arenas and on the
shinny rinks and roads of his hometown. Today, long retired from
his on-ice "career" with the Leaside Lions, he is the 22nd Prime
Minister of Canada and is happily married to Laureen, who, with
their children Ben and Rachel, live in Calgary and Ottawa.
A member of the Society of International Hockey Research with a
particular interest in the early decades of the game, Mr. Harper is
an amateur historian interested in exploring the sport's impact on
the people and places that define Canada.
A Great Game is his first published work on the game of
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."