The NHL: A Century of Trials and Triumphs

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The NHL A Century of Trials and Triumphs The National Hockey League born in a Montreal hotel room on November has much to celebrate as it approaches its centenary Millions of fans from Montreal to Miami and Edmonton to Anaheim atten
  • Title: The NHL: A Century of Trials and Triumphs
  • Author: D'Arcy Jenish
  • ISBN: 9780385671460
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The National Hockey League born in a Montreal hotel room on November 26, 1917 has much to celebrate as it approaches its centenary Millions of fans from Montreal to Miami and Edmonton to Anaheim attend NHL games leach year, millions watch on TV and the league pays its best players multi million annual salaries.Over the course of its first century, the NHL s forThe National Hockey League born in a Montreal hotel room on November 26, 1917 has much to celebrate as it approaches its centenary Millions of fans from Montreal to Miami and Edmonton to Anaheim attend NHL games leach year, millions watch on TV and the league pays its best players multi million annual salaries.Over the course of its first century, the NHL s fortunes have ebbed and flowed It has experienced setbacks and triumphs and innumerable crises The league has awarded many franchises only to see some of them falter, fail and fold The board of governors which has included rich eccentrics and at least one future convict has sometimes been fractured by men who loathed each other How on earth has the NHL survived The answer lies in the remarkable fact that it has had only five presidents and one commissioner Two of these chiefs were stop gaps For the balance of league s ninety plus years, four men have shaped and guided its fortunes and controlled the tough, hard nosed, sometimes unruly owners who constituted the board of governors This is the story of two perpetual struggles the one on the ice and the one going on behind the scenes to keep the whole enterprise afloat D Arcy Jenish was granted unprecedented access to previously unpublished league files, including revelatory minutes of board meetings, and conducted dozens of hours of interviews with league executives, including commissioner Gary Bettman and former president John Ziegler, as well as well as owners, coaches, general managers and player representatives He now reveals for the first time the true story behind some of the most significant events of the contemporary era This is a definitive, revelatory chonicle that no serious hockey fan will want to be without.
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    D arcy Jenish attempts to provide a grand history of ice hockey in a streamlined 385 page narrative.Although wide in scope, this book fails to achieve depth in critical aspects and overstates the roles of some in the game s development, enhancement and growth.Chief among oversights by Jenish is his failure to recognize the wider repercussions that the season ending suspension of Maurice Rocket Richard had in 1950 s Quebec Superficially, Richard s suspension cost his Montreal Canadiens a Stanley [...]

    This book is great if you are at all interested in the business end of the National Hockey League Jenish provides a lot of information about the comings and goings of franchises and owners during the league s history.Some of the highlights for me 1 The league was formed in part because four owners didn t want to have to deal with a guy they didn t like, so they made a new league and excluded the guy.2 There were only four teams when the league started and in just three cities Montreal, Toronto, [...]

    Fascinating history of the leagues tumultuous and difficult growth So many things make sense now that I understand the history of the league going back to World War I Scandals, foreclosures, big money, back room deals, success, and some of the greats of the game make this my favorite holiday read so far this year It will change the way I watch hockey and how I feel about several teams If you only have a passing interest in hockey this book may be a bit long for you, but if you are a hockey fan [...]

    This was a good, though occasionally dry history of the NHL Being published in 2013, it seems to preemptively jump the gun on a Centennial history, which will actually happen in 2017, but it also seems to be a first draft of a book to ultimately be published in 2017 There were editing and typo errors throughout However, the content itself was quite good and well written.

    Great chronicle of the history of professional hockey Insightful with well informed research Reads akin to an epic drama then a historical account.

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