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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 30th Anniversary Edition edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600789617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600789618
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Dryden is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and is widely recognized as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup six times during his eight seasons in goal with the team, and he won the Vezina trophy six times. He is the author of the books Home Game, In School, and The Moved and the Shaken. Ken served as a member of parliament, including as a cabinet minister, and was recently inducted into the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto. Bill Simmons is the bestselling author of The Book of Basketball and Now I Can Die in Peace. He is the editor in chief of Grantland.com and a former writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! He lives in Los Angeles.

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One of the best books written on sports.
john barthel
He also gives a real image of what the behind the scenes of hockey is like, keeping me interested with the great details his careers.
zach Brown
Every hockey fan and sports fan should read this book.
adara614

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hockeynut on December 2, 2013
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I am an amateur adult recreational ice hockey player, age 69, started skating and learned to play when I went to college at Cornell. Dryden started there the year after I graduated, so we played at the same rink, but of course different times. This book has been called the best ice hockey book ever written. I completely agree. It is well written, the accounts are vivid, his personal insights are very interesting, and are so much about life as about ice hockey specifically. I liked it so much I bought another four copies to share with some of my team mates. Well, it does provide a lot of insight specifically about the develoment of ice hockey too, in terms of style of play, the significance of certain rule changes, and I expect tomorrow night when I step out onto the ice, I will be thinking of Dryden and connecting it together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By john barthel on January 14, 2014
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One of the best books written on sports. Dryden happens to be a goalie for a hockey team but this book covers all aspects of sports and sports life. It is outstanding. I gave out three copies as presents for Christmas this year
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By adara614 on December 25, 2013
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Every hockey fan and sports fan should read this book.
Just brilliant.
I read the Original version 30 years ago and still have it in my bookcase. Had to buy this new edition. Sent a copy to my brother also.
Dryden's description of what a NHL game is like from the goalies perspective is some of the best sports writing (or writing) I have read.
Buy this book! It's great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on December 28, 2014
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Former Montreal Canadians' goal tender Ken Dryden has written an eloquent book on hockey and his experiences in the game. He writes from a first-hand point of view as to what it is like to be a net-minder in the National Hockey League and what went on in the dressing room prior to a game and between periods. I don't claim to be a hockey fan but I do remember the names of several of the players he talks about in the book. Dryden also provides us with his remembrances of growing up as a child playing hockey on a makeshift rink with his brother and neighborhood kids. He concludes the book with his opinions as to the state of the game in the year 2003.

Counting this one I've read only four hockey books so I don't know whether this is the best one ever written. It certainly isn't the best sports book ever written. If you were a hockey fan during the 1970s when Dryden played and of the Montreal Canadians in particular you will be sure to enjoy this book. I found myself familiar with several of the names of the players he spoke about but as far as following hockey I found myself at a definite disadvantage. If you have a library of books on sports I would certainly include this one among those on the sport of hockey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2014
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When I read Bill Simmons' forward, I thought "Sure, right." Now, I have to say The Game is the best sports book ever and perhaps the best autobiography ever. Dryden channels Proust, Faulkner and Sickens with his ability to riff on sights and sounds, weave streams of impressions and paint descriptive poetry of scenes glimpsed from bus windows or through trees. In short, he is an artist, philosopher and brilliant and reflective writer who happened to man the goal in the NHL. Grab this book and savor every sentence.
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By zach Brown on October 23, 2014
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This book is a great read to learn about the inside information about the experiences from when the Ken played hockey and when he was the president of another hockey team. I liked this book because it kept me involved with great details about what he went through as a hockey player. He also gives a real image of what the behind the scenes of hockey is like, keeping me interested with the great details his careers. The book seems like it takes me back and puts me there with him as he went through his career.
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By William Doran on April 28, 2014
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If you ever wondered what hockey means to fans and players read this book. Dryden adds a chapter for 2003 & 2013 in this addition. I can't wait for 2023. A great sports book.
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Not your typical sports book from not your typical athlete. Dryden is articulate and intelligent and his inside view of professional sports and evaluation of the NHL is stimulating and thought provoking throughout. If all you want is another tell all from an athlete at the twilight of his career, this is not the book for you. If you want to really get a glimpse behind the scenes in the NHL, this book is great.
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