Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957--1967

Paperback | October 3, 2012

byKevin Shea

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967 chronicles those wonderful seasons when the Toronto Maple Leafs skyrocketed from last place in the NHL to become the powerhouse team of the decade. During the 1950s and 60s the Leafs were always a contender and won the Stanley Cup in three consecutive years (1962-1964), along with an improbable Stanley Cup victory over their archrival, the Montreal Canadiens, in 1967 to close out the era of the original six NHL teams.

Of the many books written on the Leafs, this one is unique: Kevin Shea and his writing partners revisit all the important games and moments from each season with astonishing detail based on the broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada from that decade. There are authentic calls from the broadcast booth, Hot Stove Lounge conversations and detailed descriptions of game-changing goals and late-game heroics that have been obscured by the passage of time -- and the performance of the weaker teams that have followed.

Along with unearthed, never-before released interviews from dynasty players, such as Johnny Bower, Dave Keon and George Armstrong to name only a few, the authors reconstruct Toronto's dynasty years with professional accuracy, authenticity and care.

This big book will be dear to the heart of every Maple Leaf fan -- a nostalgic journey through hockey history and thus into the history of modern Canada itself.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967 chronicles those wonderful seasons when the Toronto Maple Leafs skyrocketed from last place in the NHL to become the powerhouse team of the decade. During the 1950s and 60s the Leafs were always a contender and won the Stanley Cup in three consecutive years (1962-1964), along with an i...

Kevin Shea is a hockey historian and best-selling author. He is the editor of publications for the Hockey Hall of Fame and teaches hockey history at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs Historical Committee and the Society for International Hockey Research. Paul Patskou is a hockey histori...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7 × 10 × 0.68 inPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554076366

ISBN - 13:9781554076369

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a blue and white section in your library If you have a blue and white section in your library, as many of us do, I would recommend adding this latest book to the shelf. Kevin Shea, Paul Patskou, Roly Harris and Paul Bruno have produced a piece of work worthy of the subject. For fans who were lucky enough to be at Maple Leaf Gardens, or those at home on the couch, it was an era manned by players who truly stole our hearts. May the tiresome debate of who deserves the credit for this team be laid to rest at last. In Shakespeare's words, they were "men of parts" led by a great Canadian, and this "band of brothers" took our fair city to new heights. This is a book, that a good man can give to his son, asking him to wait in joyful hope until we see a team like this again.
Date published: 2011-03-23

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We have to go back a ways to when the Toronto Maple Leafs were any good, but they have had a storied past. In his book Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967 Kevin Shea looks at the Leafs during the years from 1957 to 1967 where the team went from last place to Stanley Cup Champions in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967. Interviews, statistics, game details, good black-and-white photographs and much more make this a good book for Maple Leafs fans to whom the book is dedicated. Good Foreword written by Johnny Bower.