In the tumultuous beginnings of hockey, the fights have been as a lot off the ice as on it. This attractive new booklet is ready the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who outfitted the sport, and the increase and fall of mythical groups pursuing the Stanley Cup. With a historian’s standpoint and fan’s ardour, Stephen Harper offers a riveting and often-surprising portrait, shooting every thing from the actual contests at the rinks to the battles at the back of the scenes.
Stephen Harper exhibits that many stuff have stayed an analogous. tough play, fervent native land loyalties, owner-player agreement disputes, doubtful information assurance, and massive funds have been matters from the get-go. most crucial in those early years was once the query: was once hockey to be a video game of obsessed amateurs taking part in for the affection of the game, or was once it a video game for paid execs who may provide lovers what they sought after? Who can be accountable for the sport—including its bouts of violence—both off and on the ice.
A century in the past, rinks may possibly soften, and via halftime the blades screwed to the gamers’ footwear can be sinking in dust. It was once in this time that the unsuccessful Toronto pros of 1908 and the triumphant Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 battled for the city’s first actual Stanley Cup. opposed to the fanatical competition of beginner hockey leaders, those “forgotten Leafs” could lay the foundation for the world’s such a lot ecocnomic hockey franchise.
In paying tribute to those hockey pioneers and the contagious loyalty in their lovers, Harper resurrects the background of hockey’s first a long time. Lavishly illustrated with photos of the game’s maximum arenas and earliest big name avid gamers, this exciting and unique publication will captivate you from begin to finish.
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