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03-05-2010, 12:59 AM
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VMBM,

How's this for a cool avatar!

Yep. As a fan of CCCP hockey, I hated Jiri Holecek - as well as Martinec and Hlinka - as a kid, but now they all are among my favourite players.

Here is also a very cool photo IMO:



That's Vlad Martinec scoring on Pelle Lindbergh at the 1979 World Championships (I think he scored a hat-trick in that game). An Old Fox schooling a Young Pup!

Damn, I want to read Mikhailov's book too!

There are a few biographies by ex-Soviet stars that have been also translated into Finnish [that I've read]: Valeri Kharlamov's and Vladislav Tretiak's (both written around 1978) and Igor Larionov's. I've also read Viktor Tikhonov's book (interesting stories/opinions on 1979 Challenge Cup [me and Jursinov fooled Bowman, hihihi!!!!], Green Unit and Mikhailov, Petrov and Kharlamov).

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Yep. As a fan of CCCP hockey, I hated Jiri Holecek - as well as Martinec and Hlinka - as a kid, but now they all are among my favourite players.

Here is also a very cool photo IMO:



That's Vlad Martinec scoring on Pelle Lindbergh at the 1979 World Championships (I think he scored a hat-trick in that game). An Old Fox schooling a Young Pup!

Damn, I want to read Mikhailov's book too!

There are a few biographies by ex-Soviet stars that have been also translated into Finnish [that I've read]: Valeri Kharlamov's and Vladislav Tretiak's (both written around 1978) and Igor Larionov's. I've also read Viktor Tikhonov's book (interesting stories/opinions on 1979 Challenge Cup [me and Jursinov fooled Bowman, hihihi!!!!], Green Unit and Mikhailov, Petrov and Kharlamov).
That is a great picture. Lindbergh was one of my favorite players of all-time.

Did you ever read "Road to Olympus" by Tarasov? One of the best hockey books I've ever read in my life.

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That is a great picture. Lindbergh was one of my favorite players of all-time.

Did you ever read "Road to Olympus" by Tarasov? One of the best hockey books I've ever read in my life.
Unfortunately no. Those that I listed are the only ones [written by USSR's players/coaches].

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Walking with Legends written by Ralph Mellanby and Mike Brophy

real stories of hockey nigh in canada
That was a good read.

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Did you ever read "Road to Olympus" by Tarasov? One of the best hockey books I've ever read in my life.
Agree. Why are the best ones always the rarest?

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Agree. Why are the best ones always the rarest?
Perhaps there was/is not enough mass interest in Soviet hockey material. Me, I wish there were much more available.

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03-06-2010, 06:02 AM
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Speaking of hockey DVDs, I wouldn't mind seeing the official release of these serieses/tournaments on DVD:

1975-76 Super series
1979 Challenge Cup
1981 Canada Cup
1984 Canada Cup

I'm especially craving for full/good quality versions of G2 of the Challenge Cup (a personal favourite) and the 1984 semi-final CAN-USSR. Also some key CCCP vs. Czechoslovakia battles over the years would be great, like...

1969 World Championships (Czechoslovakia won 2-0 and 4-3)
1976 Winter Olympics (the Soviets won 4-3)
1978 World Championships (the Soviets won 3-1)


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Perhaps there was/is not enough mass interest in Soviet hockey material. Me, I wish there were much more available.
There's tons of great books in Russian.

In fact, a journalist (name escapes me at the moment) who spent years following Soviet hockey team just wrote a book detailing his insights of past Russian/Canadian rivalries.
He's the guy who worked as Soviet translator during the Summit Series.

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There's tons of great books in Russian.

In fact, a journalist (name escapes me at the moment) who spent years following Soviet hockey team just wrote a book detailing his insights of past Russian/Canadian rivalries.
He's the guy who worked as Soviet translator during the Summit Series.
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I meant mass interest from a North American published standpoint. And it is a true shame, I would love to read those Russian books.

The problem is finding some of those great vintage books, and finding translated versions if they even exist.

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Speaking of hockey DVDs, I wouldn't mind seeing the official release of these serieses/tournaments on DVD:

1975-76 Super series
1979 Challenge Cup
1981 Canada Cup
1984 Canada Cup

I'm especially craving for full/good quality versions of G2 of the Challenge Cup (a personal favourite) and the 1984 semi-final CAN-USSR. Also some key CCCP vs. Czechoslovakia battles over the years would be great, like...

1969 World Championships (Czechoslovakia won 2-0 and 4-3)
1976 Winter Olympics (the Soviets won 4-3)
1978 World Championships (the Soviets won 3-1)
V,

I totally agree. I have been clamoring for nice quality DVD footage of those games (especially the 81 Canada Cup) for many years now.

I am hoping great masters are available and DVDs are produced, they way they were for the Summit Series, WHA/Soviets and 87 CC.

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I know the op asked about books, but ouch! not one primary source mentioned?

www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

a wealth of primary source litterature.

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03-06-2010, 12:13 PM
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V,

I totally agree. I have been clamoring for nice quality DVD footage of those games (especially the 81 Canada Cup) for many years now.

I am hoping great masters are available and DVDs are produced, they way they were for the Summit Series, WHA/Soviets and 87 CC.
They're not 'official' releases but if you're into trading, this guy has a bunch of those games.

http://www.russianhockeyglory.com/

Don't know how the quality is though.

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They're not 'official' releases but if you're into trading, this guy has a bunch of those games.

http://www.russianhockeyglory.com/

Don't know how the quality is though.
Thanks, Z. I just emailed them.

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Last night I purchased the book Gretzky's Tears by Stephen Brunt. I am going to sink my teeth into this book now. I was a big fan of Brunt's other books - Searching for Bobby Orr and The New Ice Age.

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I totally agree. I have been clamoring for nice quality DVD footage of those games (especially the 81 Canada Cup) for many years now.

I am hoping great masters are available and DVDs are produced, they way they were for the Summit Series, WHA/Soviets and 87 CC.
I'd think that those exist. One of the problems is that nobody likes to lose money and that would undoubtedly happen (like with those previous releases I believe). And in the case of the Challenge Cup and 1981 Canada Cup, it's not something that Canadians would like to reminisce (and I doubt they could get Bobby Clarkes and Denis Potvins to do the alternative commentary either)!

BTW, why hasn't the Miracle on Ice game come out ['officially'] on DVD? There are movies and documentaries, but no DVD that has the actual game. You'd think there would be at least some demand for it.

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I admit I like this book, which is odd, because I don't like the author.

But because the author backs off the insight and just sticks to the facts: Hockey Chronicle by SF.

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I admit I like this book, which is odd, because I don't like the author.

But because the author backs off the insight and just sticks to the facts: Hockey Chronicle by SF.
It's a good starter book.

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Hockey Books

Didn't see a recommendations thread, but please link if there already has been one.

There seems to be a general lack of hockey books around (compared to other sports), but it would be nice to hear of any gems that you've read.

So far, I've only finished Theo Fleury - Playing With Fire; an insightful and honest account of the man; a truly troubled guy who went through some pretty hard times. Worth the read.

Current getting through both The Greatest Stories Ever Told and Bob Probert - Tough Guy. The former has some great short stories and articles (particularly liked the one about Richter). The latter, as you might imagine with a guy like Probert, is similar in vein to Theo's, although I find it interesting how little he goes into some pretty important life situations. Perhaps he just didn't want to talk about them.

I also picked up Patrick Roy's book on the cheap due to Borders going into liquidation, so I have that up on the chopping block.

Lastly, I picked up this beauty off eBay last year:



It doesn't really give any groundbreaking advice (I used to play NHL '94 in leagues), but it's a really nice book to flick through. Easily my favourite sports game of all time.

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Are you looking for an entertaining read or something more historical?

The following books are the ones that I plowed through because I couldn't put them down:

Putting a Roof on Winter: Hockey's Rise from Sport to Spectacle

The Red Machine: The Soviet Quest to Dominate Canada's Game

Those Were the Days: The Lore of Hockey by the Legends of the Game

Eddie Shore and that Old Time Hockey

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Thanks for those, will definitely check them out. Not specifically looking for something more entertaining or historical necessarily, but certainly something more exciting than a book of hockey stats.

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I don't think it's what you are looking for, but I really enjoy(ed) the Top 60 since '67. Just a concise couple of pages on each guy, nothing too fancy... but a lot of good minds got together to pick the 60, and I learned a lot from the various quotes.

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Didn't see a recommendations thread, but please link if there already has been one.
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=374571
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=36932 (hockey history books)

Tip: Scroll down to the bottom of the page. There's a button named "Search". Type in "books" in the field to the left, and click search.

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Phil Esposito's "Thunder and Lightning"
Bob McKenzie's book "My Life as a Hockey Dad"
"Lets Talk Hockey: 50 Wonderful Debates"
Eric Lindros' "Fire on Ice"

............to name a few of my favourites

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The Game - Ken Dryden - Best I've read

Rebel League - Ed Willes - Story of the WHA

Open Ice - Jack Falla - Great hockey writer

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http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=374571
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=36932 (hockey history books)

Tip: Scroll down to the bottom of the page. There's a button named "Search". Type in "books" in the field to the left, and click search.
I actually used the forum search (http://hfboards.com/search.php) and it came up with nothing. Guess I will use the Google search from now on.

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