TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Stephen Harper's long-awaited book about
the history of hockey, A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey, will be released November 5, 2013, in Canada and the United States.
Drawing on extensive archival records and illustrations, histories of
the sport, and newspaper files, A Great Game delves into the fascinating early years of ice hockey. It tells of the
hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who built the game, and the
rise and fall of legendary teams pursuing the Stanley Cup. With a
historian's perspective and fan's passion, Stephen Harper presents a
riveting and often-surprising portrait, capturing everything from the
physical contests on the rinks to the battles behind the scenes and the
changing social conventions of the twentieth century.
A century ago, rinks could melt, and by half time the blades screwed to
the players' shoes could be sinking in mud. It was during this period
that the unsuccessful Toronto Professionals of 1908 and the victorious
Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 battled for the city's very first Stanley
Cup. Against the fanatical opposition of amateur hockey leaders, these
"forgotten Leafs" would lay the groundwork for the world's most
profitable hockey franchise.
In paying tribute to these hockey pioneers and the contagious loyalty of
their fans, Stephen Harper resurrects the rough and tumble history of
hockey's first decades. A Great Game will be illustrated with photographs of the game's greatest arenas and
earliest star players.
Like millions of other Canadians, Stephen Harper developed his love for
hockey at a young age as he played at the arenas and on the shinny
rinks and roads of his hometown. Today, long retired from his on-ice
"career" with the Leaside Lions, he is serving as Canada's 22nd Prime
Minister, and is happily married to Laureen who, with their children
Ben and Rachel, live in Calgary and Ottawa. A member of the Society of
International Hockey Research with a particular interest in the early
decades of the game, Mr. Harper is an amateur historian interested in
exploring the sport's impact on the people and places that define
Canada. A Great Game is his first published work on the game of hockey.
All author proceeds from the book will go to the Canadian Forces
Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS). The specific fund that
the proceeds will be donated to is the Military Families Fund, which
provides emergency financial assistance to military families faced with
unforeseen and often immediate needs that have resulted due to
conditions of service.
A French translation of the book will be published.
To view cover and trailer, please go to www.agreatgamebook.com
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