Hockey's Original 6: Great Players of the Golden Era

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Hockey's Original 6: Great Players of the Golden Era

by Mike Leonetti
Foreword by Jean Béliveau
Photographed by Harold Barkley

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | September 13, 2011 | Hardcover |

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An electrifying collection of rarely seen hockey photos highlighting the greatest heroes of the Original 6 era.

The hockey stars of the fifties and sixties-Rocket Richard, Gordie Howe, Dave Keon, Bobby Hull, Jean Beliveau, Terry Sawchuk, Tim Horton, and others-were some of the most passionate players in NHL history. These skilful and often colourful athletes played exhilarating hockey and were national heroes in a time when only six hockey teams and 120 players battled for the Stanley Cup.

Hockey''s Original 6 celebrates the most dynamic players and exciting moments of the era in more than 100 photographs from the legendary Harold Barkley Archives, including a number of never-or rarely-seen images. From 1942 until the early seventies, Barkley was the Toronto Star''s leading sports photographer, pioneering the use of electronic flash to capture stop-action hockey. This book is the most complete collection of pre-expansion-era colour action hockey photos available in print.

Relive the thrill of the era with images capturing the first NHL teams-The Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Rangers-in their prime.

Two informative essays by Mike Leonetti-prolific hockey writer and historian-set Barkley and the photos in context, and short image captions illuminate the players and their feats. Jean Beliveau-hockey legend and elder statesman-provides a personal and insightful foreword. Combining iconic images and hockey lore, Hockey''s Original 6 is the perfect gift for sports fans, history buffs, and art collectors.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 9.06 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365563X

ISBN - 13: 9781553655633

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Hockey's Original 6: Great Players of the Golden Era

by Mike Leonetti
Foreword by Jean Béliveau
Photographed by Harold Barkley

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 9.06 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365563X

ISBN - 13: 9781553655633

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From the Introduction: Everything changed when the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams in the 1967-68 season. The uniforms now featured animals, penguins and seals, or symbols not usually associated with hockey, a blue note, a star, or a king''s crown, and the primary colour schemes were changing, Philadelphia used bright orange, Los Angeles wore purple. Barkley continued working in the early years of expansion and produced his usual high-quality work but it was of a different nature than the early pioneering days. Many photographers were now in competition with Barkley although few if any could come close to the master. Arena lightning became more powerful due to the demands of television, and in the 1970s photographers were told that the spot lightning that Barkley had made such great use of would no longer be allowed. As a result, hockey photography was not as sharp in the 1970s and ''80s, but as lighting and photographic technology improved into the 1990s so did the quality of photos. Some might even rival the work of Barkley! Since Barkley was always associated with hockey, many do not know that he had a varied career in photography. He worked in many other sports including football, baseball, golf, and auto racing, and also photographed royalty (Queen Elizabeth was a favourite subject), celebrities, prime ministers, governor generals (he followed Canadian Governor General Roland Mitchener to India in 1967), and even U.S. presidents (Barkley once spent a week with U.S. Pre
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jean Béliveau The Golden Era of the Original Six Portrait of the Artist: A Biography of Harold Barkley

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An electrifying collection of rarely seen hockey photos highlighting the greatest heroes of the Original 6 era.

The hockey stars of the fifties and sixties-Rocket Richard, Gordie Howe, Dave Keon, Bobby Hull, Jean Beliveau, Terry Sawchuk, Tim Horton, and others-were some of the most passionate players in NHL history. These skilful and often colourful athletes played exhilarating hockey and were national heroes in a time when only six hockey teams and 120 players battled for the Stanley Cup.

Hockey''s Original 6 celebrates the most dynamic players and exciting moments of the era in more than 100 photographs from the legendary Harold Barkley Archives, including a number of never-or rarely-seen images. From 1942 until the early seventies, Barkley was the Toronto Star''s leading sports photographer, pioneering the use of electronic flash to capture stop-action hockey. This book is the most complete collection of pre-expansion-era colour action hockey photos available in print.

Relive the thrill of the era with images capturing the first NHL teams-The Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Rangers-in their prime.

Two informative essays by Mike Leonetti-prolific hockey writer and historian-set Barkley and the photos in context, and short image captions illuminate the players and their feats. Jean Beliveau-hockey legend and elder statesman-provides a personal and insightful foreword. Combining iconic images and hockey lore, Hockey''s Original 6 is the perfect gift for sports fans, history buffs, and art collectors.

About the Author

Mike Leonetti has written more than twenty-five books, including best-selling hockey titles such as Hockey Now, Maple Leaf Legends, Canadiens Legends, and Maple Leafs Top 100. He has also written several best-selling children's picture books, including My Leafs Sweater, A Hero Named Howe, Number Four, Bobby Orr, and Wendel and the Great One. He owns an extensive archive of hockey photographs and memorabilia -- including the Harold Barkley Archives -- and is a walking encyclopedia of Maple Leafs trivia. He lives in Woodbridge, Ontario.

Harold Barkley was a pioneer of sports photography. Covering three decades worth of NHL hockey for the Toronto Star during the golden era of the Original Six, he was the first to use an electronic flash to take stop-action hockey pictures and he developed special equipment for shooting colour.

For close to twenty seasons, Jean Beliveau was le Gros Bill, ""the gentle giant"" centreman and captain of the fabled Montreal Canadiens during the team's glory years in the 1950s and 1960s. Retiring from active play in 1971, he went on to a successful twenty-two-year career as the Canadien's senior vice-president of corporate affairs and to life-long service as a goodwill ambassador for the sport. For half a century, he has been universally acknowledged as a prince of our national game and unofficial royalty to four generations of Canadians.

Editorial Reviews

"A worthy opponent to the Hockey Hall of Fame Treasures for most beautiful volume of the season, it features the timeless work of hockey action photo pioneer Harold Barkley, with text by Mike Leonetti. Barkley introduced flash photography to hockey in the 1950s and forever changed the way the game was seen, his lens trained on players before they became shrouded in goalie masks and helmets. His gloriously detailed images of the day's greatest stars make this book a must for fans of pre-expansion hockey." -- Vancouver Sun   "Hockey historians will appreciate the precision action shots taken of the first cohort of NHL stars by the late Harold Barkley, sports photographer for the Toronto Star from 1942 until the early 1970s. Passionate hockey writer Mike Leonetti captions the black-and-white as well as colour pictures with crisp, rich descriptions. This book is sure to please. It is a record of how hockey has evolved." -- Winnipeg Free Press   "For all the book-bound Barkley collections, each out of print and available only from secondhand sellers, Hockey's Original 6 is the only one that will take your breath away...this Greystone title is by far the most brilliantly printed assembly of Barkley photos. It is a collection that captures players' grimaces, suture tracks, missing teeth and Brylcreem-lacquered hair; their primitive equipment, joy and considerable pain, even the depth of snow beneath their tubular-steel blades, the individual planks of lumber that were the
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