In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil

February 16, 2016|
In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil by David McNeil
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Gerry McNeil was the number one goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens hockey team from 1950 to 1954, and an important part of the team that won the Stanley Cup in 1953. This book discusses his career, wedged as it was, between two Hall of Famers – Bill Durnan and Jacques Plante. From his entry into hockey as a teenager to his incredible performance of over 218 minutes of shut out play against the Detroit Red Wings, it is the story of an extraordinary Canadian.
Written by his son, David McNeil, this biography of Gerry McNeil’s short, but remarkable NHL career underlines how our experience of the NHL has changed from the time of McNeil’s career to the modern spectacle of today. While McNeil’s NHL career was only four years, those years saw what might be called the golden age of sports photography (the 1940s and 1950s) and the beginning of Hockey Night in Canada on television.
As readers follow McNeil’s journey from understudy to mainstay with the Habs, including four consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup final, they also are reminded of how different the game was for fans and players alike. Imagine – only a radio broadcast, a newspaper story and a few professional photographs. Fans came to see Richard battle Howe. Fans knew the name of every player because there were only six teams and trades were rare. In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil is a slice in time from the “original six” era when players travelled by train and fans wore suits and dresses.
David McNeil is the son of Gerry McNeil. Like his father, David was born in Quebec City and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he is a Professor of English at Dalhousie University. He teaches among other topics Sports Literature and Culture: Hockey. He is the author of published articles on hockey literature and hockey in general....
Title:In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 in
Published:February 16, 2016
Publisher:Midtown Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780988110182

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