Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $7.00 shipping
Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings v. Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era Paperback – November 9, 2006
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This rivalry is captured in this book by Denver sports writer Adam Dater. There are short biographies of key personnel from both sides, such as Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy and Detroit coach Scotty Bowman. Memorable fights are relived such as the hit on Red Wing Kris Draper by Claude Lemieux, which was believed by many to be the opening salvo in this bitter feud.
Dater covers these seasons fully, especially the Stanley Cup playoffs, mainly through stories about the teams in the major newspapers of the two cities. While a book on any good sports rivalry can be riveting, this book falls a bit short of that because of the frequent use of newspaper articles for the information. Most of the original material is not new insight into the rivalry but instead on short biographies on players and coaches for both teams. The two previously mentioned, Roy and Bowman, make for good information to readers who may not be familiar with their stories, but hardcore fans may be left disappointed with the lack of depth.
Dater also injects personal notes into the book, including a passage on how he became a sports writer. Again, this is a mixed bag. Sometimes his personal interactions with players and coaches adds a nice touch, such as the story about Bowman, but other times this comes off as too much self-promotion.
Because of the quality of the teams and the rivalry between them, I did finish this book and enjoyed reliving that era of hockey. This book is for readers who are just looking for that type of experience, or if they are fans of either team. Since Dater is a Denver resident, there is a slant toward the Avalanche, but overall the writing is fair to both teams and also fair in overall quality.
I read this book cover to cover in one weekend (I wouldn't recommend reading the index or the legal stuff near the front cover, though) and I was instantly transported back to the NHL of the late 1990's. The post-Gretzky/Lemieux era was quickly dawning and the NHL desperately needed new torchbearers. In what should have been Eric Lindros' crowning moment, two teams (one built primarily around players acquired for Lindros and the other from ex-Soviets) set the stage for one of the most thrilling periods in hockey.
This wasn't Habs-Leafs, Habs-Nordiques, Habs-Bruins (hell, there's no mention of Les Habs at all in this book unless you count the back-stories of Roy and Bowman). The names Sakic, Yzerman, Forsberg, Federov, Shanahan, Roy may or may not sound familiar but the story and the emotions it provoked in those that were fortunate enough to witness it is as timeless as triumph and tragedy. This was a blood feud. This was Wings-Avs.
of what I think was some of the best hockey played during those years. The Red Wing Avalanche rivalry was also probably one of the best team rivalries in all of sports.
All that said, I was a little disappointed with the writing itself and what was missing. There are so many examples of missing information, poorly written blurbs, unnecessary additions, and simple bad writing that I am not even sure where to begin. To start with, I could care less about Dater's high school experiences, divorce, or non-hockey background, although it did help explain why he has always been such a mediocre hockey writer. His description of the infamous Marc Crawford meltdown provides a great transcript, but he never explains why exactly it happened. Brendan Shanahan had been in a fight with Rene Corbet and had, allegedly, knocked Corbet's head into the ice again and again. This spurred Crawford into a frenzy, as he felt the officials just sat there and let it happen (as they frequently seemed to do whenever the going go rough). Dater never discusses this. Dater also overly relies on the sports writing of his Denver cronies, especially Woody Paige, who is proven here to be one of the biggest homers in sports writing history. Pretty sad when a sports writer resorts to insulting impoverished autoworkers, instead of focusing on what is happening on the ice. Dater lets Paige off a little too easy. Dater is critical of homerism, but sure seemed to demonstrate it himself in sticking up for his fellow sports writers. Although Dater gets into the head of Roy, Lemieux, Bowman, and McCarty and does provide quotes from a host of players, I would also have liked to have seen more of that, and less from the writers. What did the likes of Foote, Sakic, and Yzerman have to say? There just seemed to be so much missing from this book.
But I don't mean to get overly critical. I still give this book 4 stars. It might be a little clunky for a supposed professional writer, but it is a can't-miss story that provides a lot of behind-the-scene information. I read it in a day... then read it again. For a hockey fan, I can't recommend this book more.