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Sports Illustrated The Hockey Book Hardcover – September 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603201513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603201513
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Son and husband loved this book.
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Full of incredible informations and photos.
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A great book for hockey fans of all ages.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ted Marks on October 6, 2010
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Sports Illustrated has put together the definitive book about the sport of ice hockey, drawing on its article archives and its photo library. This is a marvelous book, with huge, gorgeous color photographs. If you are a hockey fan, this tome is a valuable edition to your library. It also makes a great gift.

The book is best when it draws on its vintage files of the hockey greats. The best of the book, in this fan's opinion, are the stories and photos that covered the golden age of the NHL, immediately after World War II, when the NHL consisted of only six teams.

The minuscule number of teams (Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks and the New York Rangers) meant that only the cream of the crop in hockey made the big leagues. All the big boys are here: Maurice (the Rocket) Richard, Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and the Esposito brothers; also the acrobatic goalies of that era, including Jacques Plante, Terry Sawchuk and Glen Hall.

Those were the days when the goalies didn't wear facemasks. The book includes a spectacular photo of Jacques Plant that appeared on the SI cover of Feb. 17, 1958 (unlike the cover photo in the magazine, the photo in the book is uncropped). The photo shows Plante peering out of his goal with his chin almost on the ice as he prepares for an assault by the New York Rangers. The tense-ness of the moment not only shows on Plante's face, but also on the faces of the fans in the stands behind the Montreal goal.

The book also includes the hilarious story written by George Plimpton when he played 15 minutes of an exhibition game in the Boston Bruins goal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Sweeney on October 5, 2010
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What a wonderful addition to SI's library. Great stuff, as usual, in this series. Most of the pictures have never been widely circulated before. A terrific gift for any serious hockey fan!

Highly recommended for any hockey fan.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott on November 17, 2010
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I bought this book on the recommendation of a close friend, saying that it was an incredible read for any hockey fan - and he was spot on. I bought the huge, coffee table book and read the entire thing in less than 24 hours. With pictures from all eras of hockey (from the 1800s to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final) and old Sports Illustrated articles on subjects like Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky's last game, Gordie Howe, the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, you will literally feel yourself going through history as you make your way through the journey that is "The Hockey Book."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By msskatie on October 31, 2010
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because people who know me or thought they did, do a double take of this book that's found a home on my coffee table.
"Hockey..?!"they say.
Yeah, hockey.
It opens up a new dialogue for my guest. Just flip through the pages and the history, record breakers,photos and personalities, giving the game another dimension for those who are often the ones at home,wondering what it's like to be in the stands, hearing the puck glide across the ice,feeling the cold atmosphere surround them or see the body slams in mid-air, leaving one speechless and in awe.
The photos, of course,are lovely with the stories universal, dialogue simple, keeping my interest,often reminding me why I want to read it. The chronological set-up provides a good reference without confusing or distracting me from my attention, with bits of trivia sprinkled throughout, placing a face on the game. S.I. knows how to have a sense of humor in good taste. Makes a great gift for those who love and appreciate the game.

P.S. Congradulations, Jordin Tootoo! You made S.I!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on April 18, 2012
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Purchased this book for my husband for his birthday- he is a huge hockey fan. He loved it! The photos are really neat and big - most taking up full pages or a double page spread. Would definitely recommend this to any hockey fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee R. on January 21, 2012
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Gave this as a Christmas gift to my father whose passion is hockey - amazing photographs. He's seen many illustrations but these are really fantastic. Worth the money. Would highly recommend for those who really appreciate the sport of hockey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Florentine on December 27, 2010
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Excellent pictures and graphics that bring back many memories and also brings you up to speed on the current players too.
Great gift for any hockey fan.
Well worth the money.
Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harris Macklin on May 30, 2011
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I enjoyed this book. It has great pictures (my favourite being a picture of Derek Sanderson in the awesome WHA Philadelphia Blazers yellow/red/orange uniforms!). The prose includes a fantastic article on the US hockey teams 1980 Olympic gold (although I think this was edited from the original versions that was in the magazine). All the articles are from the magazine so don't look for new original writing or updates from how it appeared in print. They picked some great features though (Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky) and some I could have lived without (The Art of the Faceoff, 11 Seconds - about the tragedy of a college student being paralyzed, and an article by George Plimpton on his experience with the Boston Bruins). There are also features one what went on in each era of the NHL. A great book for hockey fans of all ages.
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