For a good stretch of time in the 1980s hockey's two best teams came from small cities in the oil rich Canadian prairies of Alberta. The Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers and the always scrappy underdog Calgary Flames battled for hockey supremacy even though the two teams could never meet in the Stanley Cup finals.
Some of my finest hockey memories of my youth came from the Battle of Alberta. Gretzky's slap shot over Mike Vernon's shoulder in overtime. Theo Fleury dramatically matching that a few years later. Dave Semenko and Tim Hunter wrestling, Marty McSorley spearing Mike Bullard, and Craig MacTavish and the whole Harvey the Hound tongue incident. Of course who will ever forget Steve Smith's goal.
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Here's the specs:
- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Red Deer Press; 1 edition (Sep 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0889954364
- ISBN-13: 978-0889954366
When the Atlanta Flames became the Calgary Flames in 1980, it gave hockey one of its greatest all-time rivalries. The Edmonton Oilers, just 160 miles up the road, would now go head-to-head for the "Battle of Alberta." Hockey fans everywhere would witness some of the fiercest, toughest, and most highly entertaining brand of hockey not seen in the NHL in decades. Edmonton was loaded with superstars like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, and Glenn Anderson, who led the Oilers to five Stanley Cups. The Flames were not far behind with the likes of Lanny McDonald, Mike Vernon, Al MacInnis, Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Doug Gilmour leading them to the finals in 1986 and a Cup win in 1989.
Captured in these pages are recollections of great games, notable records and awards, memorable trades, and a host of other fascinating Battle of Alberta facts and lore. As an added bonus, an entire chapter is devoted to NHL players who come from Alberta. From the famous (including Hall of Fame players such as Norm Ullman and Johnny Bucyk) to the obscure (players like Autry Erickson and Greg Joly), the "Alberta Boys" chapter will bring back memories of players who call Alberta home. The Battle of Alberta Trivia Book is also completely up-to-date, with questions and answers about current players like Jarome Iginla, Miika Kiprusoff, Ales Hemsky, and Gilbert Brule, and events that occurred in the 2009-10 season.
Past or present, The Battle of Alberta Trivia Book provides hundreds of trivia questions sure to please any hockey fan!