- 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 The Hockey Book Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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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.Read more ›
Highly recommended for any hockey fan.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Grandson thought this book was very good so did I lots of historyPublished 4 months ago by Evelyn Overaitis
Lots of fun for my high school students to look at and learn.Published 10 months ago by Mildred Hughes
After shooting photos hockey at the ahl level I decided to gift this book to my partner. After looking through it myself I didn't want to give it up. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Scott Rivers
Ordered for grandson for Christmas. He plays hockey & when he saw this, he loved it! (Age 12).Published 15 months ago by B. Lindsey
Brought this as a gift for my father's birthday. This was a wonderful gift.Published 18 months ago by Daisy