- File Size: 6698 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Publisher: Motivational Press, Inc; 1 edition (November 15, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AG3A808
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,738,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It has most factual items correct and these were nicely done since the authors experienced them. However, a glaring mistake is one about the next Winter Classic in 2014. It states that the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will feature teams in different conferences. This is incorrect. The NHL is realigning and the teams will now be in the same conference. I mention this because the book was written and published after the realignment was announced.
The book's structure makes it easy to follow. For each Winter Classic game, there is a narrative about the venue, why it was chosen, the politicians and NHL officials talking about the location. This is one section of the chapter. Next comes interviews with players about playing at such a site. Then the recap of the game itself, a rundown of the rest of the season for both teams and what is coming next. These make for an easy means of looking up information in the book. However, I felt there was inconsistency with the writing style. Sometimes more emphasis was placed on describing the venue, other times it was on the game itself. I felt that this made reading the entire book challenging. This wasn't aided when there were extra sections in the chapters for the 2011 and 2012 Winter Classics when HBO also was filming footage about the participating teams.
My last disappointment with the book is that the authors barely acknowledge the other two outdoor games played in Canada, the Heritage Classic. Yes the book is titled The Winter Classic. But if the Heritage Classic games are going to be mentioned, give them the same respect as the Winter Classic games as well.
Overall, I thought that while the book had its good points and entertaining moments, I felt that there was room for improvement and a more complete accounting of all outdoor NHL games to this point would have been better. It isn't a bad read - I did enjoy parts of the book - I just closed the book hoping for more. 2 and 1/2 stars