July 21, 2008

2008 Hockey Book Preview: Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years Of Glory by D'Arcy Jenish

The book: The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory Hardcover, 336 pages
The Author: D'Arcy Jenish
The Publisher: Double Day Canada
Release Date: September 30, 2008
Pre-order: Amazon- Chapters

Book Description
The definitive history of the Montreal Canadiens–to coincide with their Centenary in 2009

Before there were slapshots, Foster Hewitt, or even an NHL, there were the Canadiens. Founded on December 4, 1909, the team won its first Stanley Cup in 1916. Since then, the Canadiens have won 23 more championships, making them the most successful hockey team in the world. The team has survived two wars, the Great Depression, NHL expansion, and countless other upheavals, thanks largely to the loyalty of fans and an extraordinary cast of players, coaches, owners, and managers.

The Montreal Canadiens captures the full glory of this saga. It weaves the personalities, triumphs, heartaches, and hysteria into a compelling narrative with a surprise on every page. It sheds new light on old questions–how the team colours were chosen, how the Canadiens came to be known as the Habitants–and goes behind the scenes of tumultuous recent events still awaiting thorough examination: why Scotty Bowman was passed over as general manager after Sam Pollock resigned; why Pollock’s successor, Irving Grunman, failed; why Serge Savard was dumped as GM so hastily despite his record.

Colourful and controversial, The Montreal Canadiens is the history of a team that has been making news for 100 years–and continues to do so with the return of legendary player Bob Gainey as general manager, determined to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal.

About The Author

D’Arcy Jenish is the author of Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West, the award-winning Indian Fall: The Last Great Days of the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the bestselling The Stanley Cup: A Hundred Years of Hockey at its Best.

Joe's Note
I'm not too familiar with D'Arcy Jenish, but he is favorably reviewed for his past work as a meticulous researcher and brilliant and dramatic writer. This book looks real promising.


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