One documentary and one book that don't get the attention they deserve
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12-11-2012, 12:53 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Road Games probably influenced my view of the NHL more than any other book. I still re-read it from time to time.
The book "Home Game: Hockey and Life in Canada" which MacGregor wrote together with Ken Dryden in 1990 I believe always felt sort of like a prequel to it. That's also a very insightful book though it is more philosophical and more about Canadian society than about the inside workings of the league - though a number of intriguing chapters deal with those too.
Those books are extremely valuable if you want to understand the current NHL. Though Dryden and MacGregor aren't unbiased and I disagree with them on some points, they are both insiders and those books were written at the pivotal time of NHL modernization when expansion, the "Southern strategy" and, by 1993, Gary Bettman had entered the picture.
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