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Game 20TH Anniversary Editionby Ken Dryden
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The Game is acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written, and as one of the best sports books of all time. More than just a hockey book, it has become an enduring classic—a reflective and provocative look at a life in hockey and at the game itself.
Ken Dryden, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, is recognized as one of the greatest goalies ever to play the game. More than that, he is one of hockey's most intelligent and insightful commentators. In The Game, Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans.
He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters—Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them—that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey, and a profoundly personal memoir.
This commemorative edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Game's original publication, and features a new chapter from Ken Dryden, reflecting on the two decades of hockey that unfolded since the book was first published.
Take a journey back to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.
Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters — Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them — that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Game's original publication. It includes black and white photography from the Hockey Hall of Fame and a new chapter from the author. Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.
"The sports book of the year, or maybe the decade, or maybe the century." —The Globe and Mail
"A work of art that defines and represents our game." —The Hockey News
"[Dryden] has written a very special book, possibly the best [hockey book] I have ever read. His affectionate yet realistic portrait of the players is unrivalled in hockey writing." —Mordecai Richler
"A book about Ken Dryden, about Quebec, about the rest of Canada, and most of all, a loving book about a special sport." —New York Times
"An enduring classic, Ken Dryden's The Game has lost none of its luster since its original publication in 1983, and remains the one book every hockey fan must know?.This backstage look at one of hockey's greatest teams remains one of the best books ever published on any sport." —David Gowdey
"A [hockey] book so rare that there is actually nothing to compare it to." —Scott Young
Sports Illustrated: One of "The Top 100 Best Sports Books of All Time"
University of Toronto Review: One of "The Top 100 English-Canadian Books of the 20th Century"
About the Author
Ken Dryden played goal for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1970s. In his eight seasons, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup six times. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame.
He is the author of four best-selling books, The Game, Home Game, The Moved and the Shaken, and In School. His most recent book is Becoming Canada. He was a Member of Parliament and the Minister of Social Development in Paul Martin's government.
He and his wife, Lynda, live in Toronto and have two children and four grandchildren.
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