Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: October 18, 2011
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771056869
ISBN - 13: 9780771056864
From the Publisher
The first full-length biography of one of hockey's - and Canada's -
most influential forces, Conn Smythe.
While the story of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been told many
times, there has never been a full biography of the man who
created, built and managed the team, turning it from a small-market
collection of second-rate players into the hockey and financial
powerhouse that dominated Canadian sports and created a collection
of Canadian icons along the way. From the 1920s to the mid-1960s,
Conn Smythe was one of the best-known, highest-profile figures in
the country - irascible, tempestuous, outspoken and controversial.
He not only constructed a hockey team that dominated the league for
long stretches, but was critical to the growth and shaping of the
NHL itself. By building Maple Leaf Gardens and hiring Foster Hewitt
to fill Canada's living rooms with weekly broadcasts, he turned
Saturday night into hockey night, creating institutions and habits
that became central to Canada's character and remain with us
Smythe's story is much deeper and richer than the tale of a
cantankerous hockey owner. Smythe fought in both world wars,
fighting at Ypres and Passchendaele in the first war and landing at
Normandy in the second. He was wounded in both and spent two years
as a POW in a German camp after being shot down in 1917. He grew up
in poverty and vowed to escape the life that was so incredibly hard
on his family. Smythe was active in politics and ignited a national
crisis over conscription that split the Liberal government in two
and brought Mackenzie King to the brink of resignation.
This book tells the life of one of the country's great characters,
a man who helped shape and define us and who left behind national
habits and institutions that continue to lay at the heart of what
makes Canada, Canada.
From the Hardcover edition.