Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 1, 2002
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 155054876X
ISBN - 13: 9781550548761
About the Book
The first indoor hockey match took place in 1875--and since that fateful date, the sport has occupied a central place in North American life. Here are the gods and villains of the game, those whose exploits won cheers, drew forth curses, and sometimes even elicited tears. Their tale, skillfully combining character and incident, traces hockey's changes from its amateur days to the moment when pros skated on artificial ice to the exciting and significant Canada-Russia summit series. Meet hockey's greats, like Cyclone Taylor and Newsy Lalonde; the glory teams of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; the powerful owners; and the tragic players, like superstar Howie Morenz, dead at 35. You will come to understand the power of this poetic, violent, and gloriously improvisational sport.
From the Publisher
Combining rich period detail, gripping narrative and thrilling hockey action, Putting a Roof on Winter brilliantly explores the changing identity of a game that has become, for those who love it, the meaning of life in winter.
About the Author
Michael McKinley, a life-long hockey fanatic, alternatively followed the fortunes of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens until 1970, when the NHL gave him local heroes by granting a franchise to the Vancouver Canucks. He is a screenwriter and the author of Hockey Hall of Fame Legends and Putting a Roof on Winter.
"A magnificent journey through the first 100 years of hockey's indoor existence."-Toronto Sun
"McKinley lets the history flow, and in so doing he tells some marvellous stories . . . it is a book that Frank Bascombe could learn from."-Quill & Quire