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Birth of a Dynasty: The 1980 New York Islanders Hardcover – November 1, 2004
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Hahn described how the club had to stand up to a Boston Bruins team with some excellent fighters. Clark Gillies, Bob Nystrom, Gord Lane, and Garry Howatt knew they were in for a war on the ice. The Islanders refused to be intimidated by bully tactics and performed well in the fight-filled series and on the scoreboard. The Flyers were the opponents in the 1980 finals. The Islanders refused to be denied. Bob Nystrom scored the Stanley Cup winning goal at 7:11 of overtime in game six to win the Stanley Cup.
Hahn gave accurate information on the players of the team. It was an informative read. There were several excellent pictures in the book. This is a must-read book for Islanders fans.
That changed during the 1979-80 season when the team added key players such as Butch Goring to go along with so many talented players already on the Islanders' roster such as Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith. Al Arbour was the coach of this team and his work is also credited with getting this bunch of underachievers to gel together to create a championship team.
In this book the reader will be taken on the ice, into the locker room and also into the front office of the team. Not only are there recaps of important games during the season, there are also stories from players and a good chapter on the financial struggles of the team. One example of that is that the Islanders were still paying part of the expansion team fee charged in 1972 - seven years earlier!
The best part of the book comes after the Islanders make the playoffs. The game and series recaps along with the stories behind the games make for the best reading in the book. Even though a fan knows the outcome for each series and that, of course, the Islanders become the champions, the details and pictures of that magical spring for Islanders fans will keep the reader turning pages. All in all, a good book that hockey fans will enjoy, especially if their favorite team plays on Long Island.
Did I skim? No
Did I learn something new about the subject? Yes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though I was born in 1985, this is still my favorite hockey story of all time. It was written perfectly and gave me goosebumps while reading. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joseph Cuffari
My son will like it alot didn't get it to him while deployed overseas, but he will like it more cause he got it from his father a NY Ranger fan....Published on February 5, 2014 by The Keeper
Being an Islanders fan since 1972 I could not put the book down.. It was great reading about those great moments again about a once great team. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Good read, and written well. Nicely paced with lots of background information on the players and their experiences on the road to the cup.Published on December 20, 2012 by Heathertoes