[PDF/EBOOK] The Game Author Ken Dryden

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    “The game” in Canada is ice hockey I was reminded of that ineluctable fact of Canadian life the last time I was in uebec City when I walked through the historic downtown section of the walled uébécois capital and obs

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    This book by former Montréal 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 prio

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    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 slogMaybe it's cause I don't like the Habs On to Dave Bidini's hockey books then

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    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 anyt

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    Published in '83 this book assumes that I will have been part of the 70s part of the 2 channel television world

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    In one of the greatest sports memoirs across any sport culture or generation legendary goaltender Ken Dryden of the 1970s e

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    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 orig

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    In the times when former sports athletes write or have a ghost writer write their memories of faded glory on the epic field of sport with the singular possessive 'i' being used some many times that one wonders if the autobiography of said sports athlete is pumped up with hot air to match their inflated egos Alon

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    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 stretche

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    There are hockey books and then there is Ken Dryden’s The GameThe Game is former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden’s memoir of his final season playing for the Montreal Canadiens in their uest for a fourth straight Stanley CupI’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 a

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The Game

Fering 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 classi. 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 origin1Hockey 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 pastThe 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 uick read but it s an absorbing and thoughtful reflection on the game of hockey and the experience of being part of a team The book will fascinate fans and students of the sport as well as those interested in the history psychology and national resonances and significance of this particular sportRead my complete review here

Summary The Game

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 spo. The game in Canada is ice hockey I was reminded of that ineluctable fact of Canadian life the last time I was in uebec City when I walked through the historic downtown section of the walled u b cois capital and observed that the shopping district was home to two sports memorabilia stores one for hockey and one for every other sport In Canada you see other games are fine and important games but hockey is the game And the reader who wants to get a strong sense of the strategic and tactical intricacies of hockey on the players level and of the importance of hockey in Canadian culture should make a breakaway straight toward Ken Dryden s 1983 book The GameAuthor Dryden will need no introduction to National Hockey League fans or indeed to most Canadians During his eight years as goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens from 1971 to 1979 the team won six Stanley Cups and Dryden himself was a five time winner of the Vezina Trophy that is awarded to hockey s best goaltender While he was at it he also won a Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable NHL player 1971 and a Calder Memorial Trophy as best first year player 1972 His jersey number 29 is one of only 15 that have been retired by the Canadiens one of the most successful franchises of all time in any sportAnd Dryden s achievements extend beyond the hockey rink Drawing upon the McGill University law degree that he earned during a one year break from his career with the Canadiens Dryden served in the Canadian Parliament from 2004 to 2011 including two years as a cabinet level minister in the Liberal Party government of Prime Minister Paul Martin Along with all of these other Renaissance man ualifications that helped make him an Officer of the Order of Canada he is also a brilliant writer as The Game amply demonstrates Early in The Game Dryden looks back to his growing up years in the Toronto suburb of Islington Ontario There Dryden and his friends would play pick up hockey in the Dryden family s big asphalt paved backyard While playing all those games with his friends the young Dryden like many another Canadian boy from Halifax to Victoria would find time to indulge his own dreams of future NHL stardom I would stand alone in the middle of the yard a stick in my hands a tennis ball in front of me silent still then suddenly dash ahead stickhandling furiously dodging invisible obstacles for a shot on net It was Maple Leaf Gardens filled to wildly cheering capacity a tie game seconds remaining I was Frank Mahovlich or Gordie Howe I was anyone I wanted to be and the voice in my head was that of Leafs broadcaster Foster Hewitt there s ten seconds left Mahovlich winding up at his own line at center eight seconds seven over the blueline six he winds up he shoots he scores My arms and stick flew into the air I screamed a scream inside my head and collected my ball to do it again many times for many minutes the hero of all my own games p 56Unlike most Canadian boys Dryden would get to live out his dreams of NHL stardom although ironically enough he would play not for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs but rather for the Leafs archrivals the Montreal Canadiens And he would not be the fast shooting wing or centre on the breakaway but rather the goalie trying to stop that player on offence from scoring Nowadays when many parents of promising young prospects monitor every detail of nutrition education and most of all practice in hopes of producing a future star for the Calgary Flames or Vancouver Canucks it can be salutary to reflect that Dryden s own rise to NHL success did not follow any such trajectory Indeed it all sounds rather like a bit of a lark Coming to Montreal as a part time goalie with the minor league Montreal Voyageurs while completing law school I thought the Canadiens would simply take over from my parents for a time paying my tuition and books my room and board and little else until I graduated Then after giving them one year as I was obliged to do I would merely stop playing and they would stop paying But I was better than we both thought p 154Looking back on a long career in hockey two years with major junior teams in the Toronto neighbourhoods of Humber Valley and Etobicoke four years as a goalie at Cornell one year with the American Hockey League Voyageurs and then nine seasons with the Canadiens Dryden tots up the stitches muscle pulls broken bones cartilage tears and other injuries he has endured and then gives the reader a strong sense of the price a hockey player pays for a career of being the cynosure of all eyes on Hockey Night in Canada While I am well protected and know I m unlikely to suffer than a bruise from any shot that is taken the puck hurts constantly and cumulatively through the pillow thick leg pads I wear where straps pulled tight around their shins sueeze much of the padding away through armor shelled skate boots through a catching glove compromised too far for its flexibility with a dull aching nausea from stomach to throat when my jock slams back against my testes and most often on my arms on wrists and forearms especially where padding is light and often out of place where a shot hits and spreads its ache up an arm and through a body until both go limp and feel lifeless Through a season a puck hurts like a long slow battering from a skilled boxer almost unnoticed in the beginning but gradually wearing me down until two or three times a year I wake up in the morning sore aching laughingmoaning with each move I make and feel a hundred years old p 116One also learns to appreciate the psychological pressures facing an NHL goalie and particularly one who plays in hockey mad Montreal with its knowledgeable and demanding fan base Dryden recalls a home game at the Montreal Forum when a Detroit Red Wings player scored a goal that Dryden knew he should have stopped He leaned nonchalantly on his stick for a moment as had become his habit after either an excellent save or a bad goal that he should have stopped In a uietly defiant way it reminds fans and opponents You ll never get to me p 198 but inside he was seething Pacing sweeping caged in my crease I scream at myself And after a teammate defenceman Larry Robinson offered a word of comfort and then skated away I hear the crowd this time a loud grumbling buzz I ve lost them p 200With hockey stardom Dryden explains things often seem unchanged in terms of everyday life specifics like his home his car his clothes the food he eats In those aspects he could be any 30 year old Torontonian living and working in Montreal Yet Dryden has money and a team of finance professionals to help him manage it and money changes everything When I talk to old friends who earn a thirty year old s average wage they seem uncomfortable or I do For me money which seemed always a by product distant even unrelated to the game has taken on new importance A cause of great bitterness and division it brought me to retire for a year a cold eyed standard against which I judge my relationship with the team and against which I am now judged It is the other side of the Faustian bargain p 155Other pleasures of Dryden s The Game include his tough minded analysis of fighting as a part of hockey He feels that the NHL s laissez faire attitude toward fighting in hockey is drawn whether NHL executives realize it or not from Freud s drive discharge theory of human aggression in effect the belief that letting the players let off a little bit of steam through fighting keeps them from bottling up that aggression and releasing it in severe and damaging ways Yet Dryden contrasts that let em fight mentality the kind of thing that one might hear from hockey commentators like Don Cherry with the research based perspectives of anthropologists Desmond Morris and Richard Sipes both of whom believe that violence is likely to provoke violence indeed to teach people that violence is a way to solve their problems I have never liked the fighting in hockey and I agree wholeheartedly with Dryden s statement that fighting degradesbringing into uestion hockey s very legitimacy confining it forever to the fringes of sports respectability pp 189 90And then there is Dryden s sheer power of observation I liked his description of Guy Lafleur the fast skating right wing for those great Canadiens teams of the 1970 s as a Muhammad Ali like figure who used speed skill and smarts to outwit and defeat bigger heavier opponents And any resident of or visitor to Toronto will appreciate Dryden s description of that lovely tidy relentlessly orderly city as a place where everyone crosses only with the green light and only at the crosswalk where if the city puts up a POST NO BILLS sign on a wall people actually post no billsIt should be no surprise that The Game was named one of the 100 best English Canadian books of the 20th century Dryden played in goal rather than on offence but The Game hits every goal at which this gifted author aims

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Rt 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 of. 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 himpg 218 on violence in hockeyThe NHL is wrongAnger and frustration can be released within the rules by skating faster by shooting harder by doing relentless dogged violence on an opponent s mind as Bjorn Borg Pete Rose and Bob Gainey do If Freud was right and anger released is anger spent then a right hook given is a body check missed and by permitting fighting the NHL discourages determined inspired play as retaliation

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  • The Game
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  • 09 August 2019
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About the Author: Ken Dryden

Kenneth Wayne Ken Dryden is a Canadian politician lawyer businessman author and former NHL goaltender He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Dryden was a Liberal Member of Parliament from 2004 also serving as a cabinet minister from 2004 to 2006 until losing his seat in the 2011 Canadian federal elections to Conservative Mark Adler