Deceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL Conquered Hockey by Morey HolzmanDeceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL Conquered Hockey by Morey Holzman

Deceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL Conquered Hockey

byMorey Holzman, Joseph Nieforth

Hardcover | October 1, 2002

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Hockey lovers will be fascinated by the truth about how the National Hockey League was founded and how, through less than savory means, it captured permanent possession of the Stanley Cup.

Deceptions and Doublecross begins with the 1917 conspiracy among a Montreal contingent of the National Hockey Association to oust Toronto owner Edward James Livingstone from the league. The result was the transformation of the NHA into the NHL, with Frank Calder as president, leaving Livingstone out in the cold.

Under Calder's iron-fisted direction, the NHL became the only major hockey league in North America, and gained exclusive claim to the Stanley Cup.

Morey Holzman, a member of the Hockey Research Association, has contributed to Total Hockey: Second Edition, The Official WHA Encyclopedia, and The Canada Cup. He is respected for his pioneering efforts with his Web site, He is a corporate controller in California. Joseph Nieforth, a member of the Society of Internati...
Title:Deceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL Conquered HockeyFormat:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550024132

ISBN - 13:9781550024135

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The *other* story behind the birth of the NHL Always enjoy reading about accounts that reveal details that have been hidden for years because they were unseemly or embarrassing.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thorough Study of a League's Genesis If you're not a hockey fan, or interested in the history of the game, this book might be a little dense for your liking. This is a work of academic scholarship, not just good hockey writing. Holzman and Nieforth have cobbled together an incredibly well-researched history of how the National Hockey League came into being. As the title says, it's a story of deceptions and doublecrosses. As with many of the corporate scandals of today, it's a story of how egos, personal vendettas and shady dealings are truly behind many business dealings. The author's spent a decade pouring through newspaper accounts, and any documentation left behind by the men who ran professional hockey from the early years of the 20th century, through to the early 1940s. It's quite remarkable to see behind the scenes and into the smoky backrooms, where careers are snuffed out with a few pen strokes, where one man, Frank Calder, runs first the NHA and then the NHL, as his own personal fie
Date published: 2002-12-19

Editorial Reviews

"This refreshing history reminds us that the NHL resulted frtom a bitter power struggle that included courtroom battles, backroom dealing and personal grudges as brutal as anything seen today on the ice." - New Brunswick Reader