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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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book is a MUST for any hockey enthusiast!!! I bought this book, based on previous reviews as well as being from Sports Illustrated, for my 9 year old son who is OBSESSED with hockey! My husband played hockey, all 4 of his brothers played hockey, cousins, uncles, etc....and more importantly "Papa" played hockey (and was VERY, VERY good back in his day!) I have since learned that hockey, unlike any other sport, is really about a "brotherhood"! Its not just about being a team on the ice, and when the game is over, you go your separate ways...heck no!! Hockey players are "brothers" on and off the ice! The saying "I've got your back!" must have originated on the ice because Ive seen it in action from "learn-to-skate", mites, squirts, peewees, etc., middle school hockey team, high school and my nephew's college team! Even now, watching my husband or some of his cousins play in a pick-up game....Im left in awe of how grown men can skate and fight as if for the Stanley Cup itself, then come out grinning and patting each other on the backs and laughing! Just "being" a hockey player gives you instant camaraderie with the guy sitting next to you! It blows my mind! But what I really love, (getting back to my review) is the fact that having this book on the coffee table has strengthened the "father-son-grandfather" bond in our house! I just LOVE to hear my son and husband talk "HOCKEY"! Its soooo wonderful.....my son would say "hey dad, did you know......" and my husband would say "...really?..." and then they'd go back to the book and look it up, find out more info on the player, or find someonelse even more interesting, ....its really cool! ...but then it gets even better because when we go to visit Papa....Read more ›
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