The Game of Our Lives

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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In this bestselling timeless classic, Peter Gzowski recounts the 1980-81 season he spent travelling around the NHL circuit with the Edmonton Oilers. These were the days when the young Oilers, led by a teenaged Wayne Gretzky, were poised on the edge of greatness, and about to blaze their way into the record books and the consciousness of a nation. While the story of the early Oilers embodies the book, The Game of Our Lives is much more than a retelling of one season in the life of an NHL team.

Unlike any book ever written in the annals of hockey, Gzowski beautifully weaves together the anatomy of a modern NHL team with the magnificent history of the game to create one of the best books about hockey in Canada. Here are the great teams and the great players through the ages—Morenz, Richard, Howe, Orr, Hull—the men whose rare and indefinable genius on the ice exemplified the speed, grit and innovation of the game.

The Game of Our Lives is the best book on the Canadian passion for hockey; a wondrously perceptive account of the hold the game has on Canadians. —Jack Granatstein, The National Post

 

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This was probably one of the better books I've read. It follows the Edmonton Oilers for a season. It pays special attention to Wayne Gretzky and his struggles day in and day out, but focuses on all of the players from the team that season. Overall a very solid book. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
8
The Game of Our Lives
75
The Impossible Dream
204
The Year of the Kid
240
Copyright

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The much-loved, long-time host of CBC Radio's Morningside, Peter Gzowksi was one of Canada's best-known and most respected journalists. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, winner of several broadcasting awards and the recipient of several honorary doctorates. In addition to The Game of Our Lives, Gzowski wrote many bestselling books. His last book, A Peter Gzowski Reader, was published shortly before his death early in 2002.

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