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The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This game wasn't about money, points, or trophies. Instead it was played for pride, both personal and national. It was a confrontation twenty years in the making and it marked a turning point in the history of hockey.

On December 31, 1975, the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful franchise in the NHL, hosted the touring Central Red Army, the dominant team in the Soviet U
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart (first published October 26th 2010)
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Iain
Feb 01, 2015 Iain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by how interesting this book managed to be. Although to be fair, I suspect that one has to be a fan of the great Canadiens teams of the 60's and 70's to really enjoy the book. The author does an excellent job of providing a rich back story on virtually every member of the Canadiens team that faced the Soviets. He also writes engagingly of the work of team general manager Sam Pollock. In fact, the bulk of the book consists of such back story, while a short and less interesting por ...more
Robert Grant
Nov 12, 2014 Robert Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very well done. An enthralling history of the period of hockey that is sadly, gone forever. Long live the 70's in the hockey world! A must read for any hockey fan. You won't be disappointed. I was a bit surprised that there was no mention of the rift on Team Canada 72 though. Other than that, a good read.

4 stars out of 5
Jeff
Jun 20, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Habs, history and hockey are the topics of this book. It uses the game in 1975 as a focal point for learning about the Montreal Canadiens, Soviet hockey, and the state of the NHL at the time.

Packaging this book with a DVD of the game would be a great option. I have a DVD of the game that I will be re-watching this summer after finishing this book. Sounds like Tretiak stole the show.

The book made we want to learn more about Soviet hockey. Sadly the only books I can find written by Soviet supreme
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Bill S.
May 30, 2015 Bill S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thoroughly enjoyable retelling of one of hockey's greatest games and the story behind it AND the effects it had on world-wide hockey from that point on.
Costa
Nov 02, 2015 Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent buildup to the classic game. What memories this brings back to a Montrealer growing up in the 70s.
Brenden Schaaf
I really thought I would love this book, but I didn't. It is meticulously detailed and I guess that wasn't what I was expecting. It really got "into the weeds" when it came to the history of the ascent of the Russians in the world hockey stage and wasn't as focused on the "night that saved hockey" as I would have expected given the title. I ended up skimming parts just to slog through.
Travis
Feb 17, 2014 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible history of not only the enemy without but the enemy within the NHL. Denault's account of one game of hockey weaves together decades of the sport's history. He not only describes the perceived threat of Soviet hockey but the threat of Philadelphian hockey and how one night saved the game from both.

A must read for any hockey fan, as good if not better than Dryden's "The Game."
Lance
Jan 11, 2015 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As a fan of 1970s hockey and the many memorable games involving North American teams playing teams from the Soviet Union, this book was a fantastic read not only about the best of those games, but how the two teams were built up to that memorable New Year's Eve night in 1975. Full review posted on my blog:

www.sportsbookguy.blogspot.com
Richard Gunning
Jan 16, 2014 Richard Gunning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Very informative.
Dave
Dec 25, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written. Its probably best for hockey fans born before 1970.
Chris Gorycki
Jan 10, 2011 Chris Gorycki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a hockey fan you will love this book!
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