Widely 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.
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Excellent book for hockey lovers! Personally, I love the sport, and I know a lot about this specific era, so for me it was worth it. I especially loved the second part of the book while the part on the history and on the evolution of the rules for the game was excellent. The different strategies in comparing Canadian hockey versus the Russians' style of play was also great. However, if you aren’t a fan of Dryden or if you aren’t old enough to know about the players during his era that he discusses you may find this listen a little boring as Dryden is somewhat dry as a narrator. Nevertheless, I loved the book and was left wanting to hear more!
After listening to 'Season on the Brink' I did not think there could be a better sports book but then I heard 'The Game' by Ken Dryden and was blown away.
Dryden is not only considered one fo the greatest goalies ever (5 Vezina trophies) on one of the best teams ever 1970s Montreal Canadiens (6 Stanley Cups) but he is also extremely intelligent and articulate. A graduate of Cornell/McGill law school Dryden is a jock with an excellent ability to express himself and articulate his views of the game.
This book is not so much an autobiography as much as a collection of intelligent/articulate/accesible streams of consiousness about The Game of hockey. Dryden goes into great detail about among other things the workmanlike aspect of being a proffesional athlete; the changes to the game and its rules; the influence of the Europeans on what used to be 'Canada's game'; life on the road; the thoughts that go through an athlete's head in the midst of "the game''; the role hockey plays in Canadian identity (especially amongst youth) and why Canada has fallen behind as a hockey power; the business of hockey; and most importantly the colorful menagerie of teammates and locker room shenanigans/memories/camraderie from those great teams from the 70's (Lafleur, Shutt, Robinson, Gainey Lapointe, and of course the legendary coach Scotty Bowman).
Dryden has a modest view of himself as a player constantly questioning his ability and his need to never let the team down. He gives some honest psychological insight in to the high pressure/eccentric position of being a goalie.
I would reccomend this book to any sports/hockey fan (even layman) or person that values high quality non-fiction writting. This is not only a great sports book but an excellent piece of non-fiction literature; it is very rare that someone with this level of skill in his chosen field (hockey) is so clear, intelligent, and articulate in giving a first person view of his passion.
Dryden himself narrates the book and he is not exactly as articulate in his speaking as his writting but he manages to do the job.
Ken's voice & tone.
Again his voice, it was like you where in his head.
I think it was when he went upstairs to say it was his last year.
Dryden is an terrific narrator, someone who obviously wanted to create a great listening experience. In that he succeeded, and you can tell that he truly relished re-reading his story and telling it again.
Not a whole lot of play by play narration - instead, Dryden focuses on his identity as a Canadian living in Quebec, his feelings about being part of a team and the challenges that come with being a professional athlete. Dryden is a true student of the game, and his description of the changes through the years are equally compelling.
A true narrator's touch, plus an inflection and emphasis that I found to be quite wonderful.
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