THOSE WERE THE DAYS: The Lore of Hockey by the Legends of the Game by Stan Fischler

THOSE WERE THE DAYS: The Lore of Hockey by the Legends of the Game

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A ""verbal instant-replay of the hockey of yesteryear"" and the days when skaters were slower, referees tougher, and slapshots unheard of. Fischler's oldest subject, Fred ""Cyclone"" Taylor, played on 7-man teams in the early 1900's a decade before Lester and Frank Patrick revolutionized the professional game. Former greats spotlighted here include Boston's battling defenseman Eddie Shore; the Canadiens' charging center Howie Morenz; Syl Apps, Toronto's inspirational leader; Glenn Hall, ""Mister Goalie"" for twenty years; Maurice ""Rocket"" Richard; and Bernard ""Boom Boom"" Geoffrion. There is also some interesting material on everything from an all-black hockey line in the Quebec League in the mid-'40's to Gordie Howe's brush with death early in his career to a blow-by-blow replay of several famous fights. Memorable oral history without the dekes.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Dodd, Mead