How Hockey Explains Canada
How Hockey Explains Canada

How Hockey Explains Canada

The Sport That Defines a Country
By Paul Henderson, By Jim Prime, Foreword by Prime Minister Stephen Harper

SPORTS & RECREATION

208 Pages, 9 x 10

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $32.95)

ISBN 9781600785757

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2011)

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Overview

The role of hockey in Canada serves as a national identity, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people. So crazed are Canadians for their national sport that they ranked outrageous hockey commentator and high school drop-out Don Cherry ahead of Alexander Graham Bell on a list of the greatest Canadians in history. Penned by hockey star Paul Henderson-famed scorer of Canada's "Greatest Goal" in the 1972 Summit Series-and featuring a foreword by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, How Hockey Explains Canada explores just how deeply engrained this national pastime is in the Canadian psyche. The intelligent discourse on Canada's national sport goes far beyond the sport's most-loved icons, great plays, and notorious brawls by looking into the history and culture of the game to explain why hockey has had such an enigmatic hold on Canadians. Featuring interviews with more than 35 current and former NHL players, coaches, executives, and commentators, this expansive biography of the sport explores hockey's inextricable connection to everything from the Confederation to the Cold War to international perception of Canada and the country's own cultural divide.

Author Biography

Paul Henderson is a former professional hockey player who played for 13 seasons. He is best known for scoring the winning goal against the Soviets in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Jim Prime has written more than a dozen sports-related books and has contributed articles to various periodicals. He lives in New Minas, Nova Scotia. Stephen Harper is the 22nd Primer Minister of Canada.

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HOW HOCKEY EXPLAINS CANADA:
THE SPORT THAT DEFINES A COUNTRY
by Paul Henderson with Jim Prime, Foreword by Prime Minister Stephen Harper

 

The role of hockey in Canadian culture is closer to a religion than simply a sporting pastime. It's a national identity, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people. So crazed are Canadians for their national sport that they ranked outrageous hockey commentator and high school drop-out Don Cherry ahead of Alexander Graham Bell on a list of the greatest Canadians in history.

 

Penned by hockey star Paul Henderson-famed scorer of Canada's "Greatest Goal" in the 1972 Summit Series-and featuring a foreword by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, How Hockey Explains Canada explores just how deeply engrained this national pastime is in the Canadian psyche. Henderson and coauthor Jim Prime offer intelligent discourse on Canada's national sport that goes far beyond the sport's most-loved icons, great plays and notorious brawls and looks into the history and culture of the game to explain why hockey has had such an enigmatic hold on Canadians.

 

Featuring interviews with more than 35 current and former NHL players, coaches, executives and commentators, this expansive biography of the sport explores hockey's inextricable connection to everything from the Confederation to the Cold War to international perception of Canada and the country's own cultural divide. Chock full of trivia and interesting facts, How Hockey Explains Canada also addresses:

 

  • Which city in Canada is the birthplace of hockey, despite claims from several cities around the country that they saw started the sport?
  • What are the many sides of Canada's favorite outlandish, straight-talking, politically incorrect sports broadcaster Don Cherry?
  • What was Rocket Richard's key role in kick-starting Quebec's Quiet Revolution?
  • How did the Toronto Maple Leafs actually save their rivals, the Montreal Canadians', franchise from bankruptcy during the Great Depression?

 

About the author:
Paul Henderson is one of Canada's most beloved sports heroes. Best known for scoring the winning goal for Team Canada against the Soviets in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series, he has become as much respected for the way he handled the instant fame as for the goal itself. The father of three grown daughters, Paul lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife, Eleanor.

 

Jim Prime has written more than a dozen sports-related books and has contributed articles to various periodicals. He has coauthored books with the immortal Ted Williams and the immoderate Bill "Spaceman" Lee. He grew up a rabid Montreal Canadiens fan on Long Island at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. Jim is cofounder of the Bluenose Bosox Brotherhood and acting Lieutenant-Governor for Nova Scotia of Red Sox Nation. He lives with his wife, Glenna, in New Minas, Nova Scotia.

 

CONTACT: Pat Cairns, Creative Connections Marketing & Public Relations; creativeconnect@rogers.com, 905.569.0002

 

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