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10-24-2013, 11:23 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Books to recommend:
Ken Dryden, "The Game". Dryden talks about his experiences with the late 70s Montreal dynasty and uses that as a starting point to branch into other topics (a lot of it is about Quebec politics and French/English relations).
K. Dryden and R. MacGregor "Home Game". Divided into a few sections each of which explores an aspect of what hockey means to Canada. NHL prospects trying to make it to the big show, the Canada/Russia international rivalry, etc. There's also some interesting insights (for instance, they talk about how the juniors system is biased and favours players born in earlier months of the year).
Dave Bidini "Tropic of Hockey". The author takes a trip around the world and plays/watches hockey in some very non-traditional parts of the world (e.g. Hong Kong, Mongolia, Romania)
Dan Diamond and James Duplacey "Total Hockey". Pretty much the ultimate encyclopedia of hockey.
Lawrence Martin "The Red Machine". Covers the rise of the USSR as a hockey power and the great international battles of the 70s and 80s from a Soviet perspective.
Tal Pinchevsky "Breakaway". About the defectors (the Soviet and Czech hockey players who illegally immigrated to play in the NHL) including the Stastny brothers and Nedomansky.
Russ Conway "Game Misconduct". Covers the darker side of the NHL business, looking at Alan Eagleson from his rise to NHLPA leadership until his imprisonment.
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