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Game Misconduct: Alan Eagleson and the Corruption of Hockey
by Russ Conway
Russ Conway has worked at the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Massachusetts, since 1967. For more than five years, he pursued the details of this fascinating story, an investigation that focused increasingly on the activities of Canada’s Alan Eagleson, once regarded as the most powerful figure in professional hockey. Conway’s series for the Eagle Tribune, “Cracking Ice,” from w ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Macfarlane Walter & Ross
(first published 1995)
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Mar 05, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hockey history geeks
Journalist Russ Conway's investigation into now-disbarred Canadian attorney/ice hockey promoter/political power broker/player agent/real estate speculator/colossal egoist R. Alan Eagleson is a revelation in hubris and corruption. After insinuating himself into the financial affairs of many National Hockey League players between the mid 1960s and the early 1990s as both an agent and as the founder/head of the NHL Players' Association, Eagleson is revealed to be a consummate grifter who: defrauded ...more
If you wonder why there is a more-than-contentious relationship between NHL players and the league, and a fraught relationship between the players and their own union, read this scathing indictment of the NHLPA's years under R. Alan Eagleson.
Well-written and compelling. It's overloaded with financial details, some of which are repetitive and/or bewildering, but creates a compelling and appalling case. It would be interesting to read an update on where things stand for Eagleson and other major players now.
This was a masterpiece of investigative journalism and a ferocity for finding the truth. The players in the NHL gave their healthy bodies up for a pittance and were robbed and pilfered throughout. This is a book worthy of a pulitzer prize.