Long Shot: How the Winnipeg Falcons won the first Olympic hockey gold

Paperback | June 1, 2007

byEric Zweig

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The sons of Icelandic immigrants and friends since boyhood, the Winnipeg Falcons were a superbly talented team of just eight players who brought home Canada's first Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1920. But before they became world champions, the Falcons endured years of prejudice on and off the ice.

Author and renowned hockey historian Eric Zweig brings to life the fascinating story of the little team that wouldn't quit.

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The sons of Icelandic immigrants and friends since boyhood, the Winnipeg Falcons were a superbly talented team of just eight players who brought home Canada's first Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1920. But before they became world champions, the Falcons endured years of prejudice on and off the ice.Author and renowned hockey historian...

ERIC ZWEIG has written about sports and sports history for many major publications, including the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. He has also been a writer/producer with CBC Radio Sports and TSN SportsRadio, and written several popular books about hockey for both adults and children. He lives in Owen Sound, Ontario, with his famil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 0.25 inPublished:June 1, 2007Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550289748

ISBN - 13:9781550289749

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book for All Ages The Winnipeg Falcons story is a must read for all Canadians and all Hockey Fans. Truely a wonderful account of Canada's deput as the first gold medal champions in Olympic Hockey. These Icelandic Canadian boys from Manitoba are an inspiration to all of us. Chris and Bill Fridfinnson were originally from Bru Manitoba which is west of Winnipeg. This book should be a must read for all school kids in Canada. The story makes a fantastic book report topic for younger children as well. The details of this book can be authenticated at www.winnipegfalcons.com
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the fascinating story of the little team that wouldn't quit. The sons of Icelandic immigrants and friends since boyhood, the Winnipeg Falcons were a superbly talented team of just eight players who brought home Canada's first Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1920. But before they became world champions, the Falcons endured years of prejudice on and off the ice.
Date published: 2009-10-24

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Hockey Night in 1896

2. Icelanders in Winnipeg

3. From the Backyard to the Big Time

4. Struggling to a Title

5. Your Country Needs You

6. Falcons Were Meant to Fly

7. Same Old Problems at Home

8. Another League of Their Own

9. The Battle of Manitoba

10. Bigger Battles Ahead

11. Overseas Again

12. The Olympic Games

13. Going for the Gold

14. Life After the Olympics

15. Falcons Forever

Glossary

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Photo Credits

Editorial Reviews

"...Zweig uses his extensive research to great effect in recreating the emotions of the era. He also works in interesting detials baout early hockey rules that will appeal to young fans."