November 18, 2009

The Trail Less Travelled by Don Reddick

Don Reddick is an award-winning author of historical fiction, whose books include Dawson City Seven and Killing Frank McGee.

In his new book he returns to the famous story of the famous Stanley Cup challenge from the Yukon, more specifically the re-enactment nearly 100 years later, in The Trail Less Traveled.

On December 18, 1904, the upstart Dawson City Klondikers began their 4,000-mile trek to wrest the Stanley Cup from the Ottawa Silver Seven. Twenty-four days later, after trudging 350 miles behind their dog teams, lurching and rolling down the inside passage, and whiling away endless days on the CPR, the rubber-legged, travel-worn players staggered into Ottawa’s Union Station. In less than thirty-six hours they would meet their fate against the greatest hockey team ever assembled, creating the most enduring legend in hockey history.

Ninety-two years later a team of oldtimer hockey players from Dawson City re-created that epic journey, inviting Don Reddick to accompany them. As the team wends its way once again through the Yukon wilderness, down Alaska’s panhandle, and across the vast Canadian shield to face the Ottawa Senators alumni, Reddick weaves his way through the history of the original games, the backdrop of the Klondike gold rush, and the characters of today’s Yukon.

The book is available at


Anonymous,  December 27, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

A hockey book like no other; serious and hilarious, poignent and blunt, exilarating and exhausting - it's a history, a travelogue, a writer's relationship with (tough) characters previously unknown...simply one great hockey book.

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