Tough Guys: Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster by Eric ZweigTough Guys: Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster by Eric Zweig

Tough Guys: Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster

byEric Zweig

Paper over Board | November 13, 2009

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"Bad" Joe Hall and Newsy Lalonde were bitter enemies on the ice. Crowds were drawn as these two roughneck hockey players battled it out for victory. But the game changed during WWI, when many of Canada's hockey players left the game to become soldiers and fight for their country. Rivals Joe and Newsy were then forced to play side by side as teammates. And in 1919, just when the fighting overseas ended and things were looking up for hockey, the Spanish Influenza quickly spread across North America. The Stanley Cup was put in jeopardy. This is the story of two guys who learned to work together and deal with unexpected challenges of all kinds.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.7
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...
Title:Tough Guys: Hockey Rivals in Times of War and DisasterFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:144 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 0.5 inPublished:November 13, 2009Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552774287

ISBN - 13:9781552774281

Appropriate for ages: 11


Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a compelling story, but told with a young audience in mind Tough Guys is not a fictional piece. It is the actual story of Bad Joe Hall and Newsy Lalonde, two of the game's earliest superstars. The two had a fierce rivalry, drawing fans to their epic matches. World War I would force the bitter enemies to become teammates. Yet just when the fighting overseas comes to an end, the world is devastated by the Spanish Flu. The virus even effects the Stanley Cup and ultimately claims Hall's life.
Date published: 2011-01-20

Editorial Reviews

"In this interesting and plainly written book on the pre-NHL days of professional hockey in Canada, the main event is not the game itself but events that seemed to conspire against it...For young readers of today, this book is a respectable eye-opener in terms of salaries, team spirit, patriotism and just plain love of the game."