The Game

The GameWidely Acknowledged As The Best Hockey Book Ever Written And Lauded By Sports Illustrated As One Of The Top 10 Sports Books Of All Time, The Game Is A Reflective And Thought Provoking Look At A Life In Hockey Intelligent And Insightful, Former Montreal Canadiens Goalie And Former President Of The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden Captures The Essence Of The Sport And What It Means To All Hockey Fans He Gives Us Vivid And Affectionate Portraits Of The Characters Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, And Coach Scotty Bowman Among Them That Made The Canadiens Of The 1970s One Of The Greatest Hockey Teams In History But Beyond That, Dryden Reflects On Life On The Road, In The Spotlight, And On The Ice, Offering Up A Rare Inside Look At The Game Of Hockey And An Incredible Personal Memoir This Commemorative Edition Marks The 20th Anniversary Of The Game S Original Publication It Includes Black And White Photography From The Hockey Hall Of Fame And A New Chapter From The Author Take A Journey To The Heart And Soul Of The Game With This Timeless Hockey Classic. This book by former Montr al Canadiens Goalie Ken Dryden is nothing short of brilliant It is certainly the best sports related biography I have ever read to this point in my life As much as I enjoy Baseball biographies of former players of years gone by this book by far outdoes them all As a young lad growing up in Ontario Canada and prior to moving as a kid to Southern California Ken Dryden was for me at the time a person I liked to despise this of course due to my allegiance to the Toronto Maple Leafs I have of course grown softer with age and with life experiences that have brought a reality of not so tough mentality I have over the recent decade and a half followed the Montr al Canadiens as I do occasionally the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox even though my MLB teams are the Anaheim Angels and Washington Nationals A game of tradition, history, a rich past it is apparent the 1967 expansion changed the game forever Bob Dylan once said Reality Has Many Heads so no wonder I came to see in print within this book the same feelings I held but didn t want to accept that the Maple Leaf Canadiens rivalry is dead.has been since the late 1960 s There goes my childhood LOL even though I became a Los Angeles Kings fan and later Anaheim Ducks fan in Southern California The Gretzky years in Los Angeles were both fun and invigorating the loss of the 1993 Stanley Cup to Les Habitant de
I don t get it I really don t Dryden is not THAT good of a writer, and while there are some magical passages here, and some great descriptions of Montreal and Canada at the time, on the whole the thing is a bit of a slog.Maybe it s cause I don t like the Habs On to Dave Bidini s hockey books, then. Boy, I don t get it I really don t I m sure I ll take some criticism for saying this, but I just don t understand why Ken Dryden s The Game is considered by most to be the best hockey book ever written and by Sports Illustrated to be one of the greatest sports books ever written Hell, I hardly read anything about sports in it Geez, it s about Dryden s family, law school, desire and efforts to pass his bar exams, his disillusionment and boredom with hockey and intense desire to retire after a measly eight seasons when truly great players like Jaromir Jagr play through age 44 and beyond, or the great Gordie Howe until age 52 Dryden is so uninspiring a player and so uninspiring and dull a person that I have no idea how he accomplished the few, puny things he accomplished in his pathetically few years in the league Most of my favorite players have played 10, 12, 15, 18 years in the league Eight years And he s considered one of the best ever By whom What the hell did he do that was so damn great I know he helped Montreal win five Stanley Cups in eight years While impressive, that s a team accomplishment and by his own admission, he was surrounded by all stars, superstars even, so I don t know how much he contributed He did win at least three Vezina Trophies for best goalie, which says something, but even then, he levels criticisms at himself in this book that make you wonder how the hell he won the damn things He apparently spli
Published in 83, this book assumes that I will have been part of the 70s, part of the 2 channel television world, part of the hockey world That is a fine assumption at the time However, as I picked this up as a book that nearly won Canada Reads, that s not good enough That assumption lay thickly between me and the words of the book So many passages are just words names, descriptions, references I don t get I wanted to like this book I wanted to learn to like hockey better I liked Ken Dryden better, instead When he was talking about hockey, I was lost for the most part It just drifted past me When he talked about The Game, ie, about teams and sports and being an athlete and fans and owners and aging and life, then I was with him.pg 218 on violence in hockey The NHL is wrong.Anger and frustration can be released within the rules, by skating faster, by shoot
A time capsule buried at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931 and revealed on Thursday January 26, 2012 contains an NHL rule book, a municipal code, financial information on the team and a tiny carved ivory elephant of mysterious origin 1 Hockey in all its forms, in all its lore, never fails to captivate many Canadians But do we listen carefully to those voices from the distant 1931 NHL rule book and recent past The Game by Ken Dryden, first published in 1983, offers enduring contributions to sport literature, non fiction and Canadian literature Considering it comes straight from one of the most accomplished players of the sport written by him, not mediated through an interviewer or ghost writer , the book intrigues and challenges because it s not entirely a celebration of the sport of hockey, but a reverential and at times very troubled examination of it The Game is neither a light nor quick read, but it s an absorbing and thoughtful reflection on the game of hockey and the experienc
It s hard to explain exactly why I believe this to be the greatest book on sport ever written Maybe it s due to how it effortlessly stretches beyond the regular bounds of its genre without losing sight of its central
There are hockey books. and then there is Ken Dryden s The Game.The Game is former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden s memoir of his final season playing for the Montreal Canadiens in their quest for a fourth straight Stanley Cup.I ve read my fair share of hockey books over my long reading career While many have been just OK, few have been exceptional Ken Dryden s The Game is one of those exceptional reads Most of the hockey books I ve read are either of a play by play recounting of the subject s career or filled with whacky and over the top stories I tend to lean toward the ones with unbelievable stories rather than the few that read like Arnold Schwarzenegger s abysmal Total Recall commentary track I believe that is truly what sets this apart from other sports books Dryden is concerned with who his teammates are as people first what drives them and sets them apart from any other Joe Schmoe holding a stick and flying across the rink.Dryden digs into his own psyche and explains how everything happening both on and off the ice would effect him mentally He discusses his fears and insecurities and even a crisis of identity in believing that his teammates are just so good that his role in a win or loss feels largely irrelevant at times This is of course painfully modest considering he backstopped the Habs to six cups in eight years while collecting five Vezina trophies in the process This isn t uncommon though You would be
States on the cover, The Best Hockey Book Ever Written , and lives up to that easily one of the better books about all sports The author was a goalie and law student, and his ideas come across quite clearly The original subtitle was a thoughtful and provocative look at a life in hockey , and it is that Recommended, and for a hockey fan highly recommended.I picked this up last year in a used book shop in B.C Having read a fair amount of sports books, mostly baseball related, I was eager to check the claim on the cover.Ideas and reflections are loosely slotted into chapters These cover the activities of a week in a season of the later career of Ken Dryden, goalie for the Montreal Canadiens By the second chapter, he is already philosophical, and that is where the real gems emerge.He examines playing in the years after being an outstanding team playing against their own record and the expectations of the fans media owners far than playing the rest of the league , how the game has changed for kids less play time , violence, superstars, and strategy changes through time Along the way he also introduces his past, his teammates, trainers and coaches The terminology when he talks about teammates may prove unfamiliar to non hockey fans, but the rest of the book is quite accessible.I read the 20th anniversary edition, which contains an additional chapter covering the end of his last year and a li
My son and husband are big Habs fans, so this book helped me develop a better understanding of some of the big names they like to throw around I ve also developed enormous respect for Mr Dryden He s intelligent and educated, articulate, and of course, an incredible athlete. Ken Dryden is a great writer and amazing athlete This book really gives you a glimpse into all aspects of Hockey A must read for any sports fan and if you re a hockey fan you ll really understand the game better afterwards The whole book really holds up well to the test of time as well.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • The Game
  • Ken Dryden
  • 15 May 2019
  • 9780002173773