February 7, 2011

Hockey Gods At The Summit by Frank Cosentino

There is a new book out on the 1972 Summit Series. Hockey Gods at the Summit: How the 1972 Canada-Soviet Hockey Summit Became a September to Remember is a very interesting project presented by former CFL player turned author Frank Cosentino.

In this fictional retelling of the famed 1972 showdown between the Soviets and the Canadians, Cosentino has let's the ghosts of Canadian hockey's past play a big role in the series progression.

Here's more from the publisher, General Store Publishing:

In this evocative depiction of the famed 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey summit, Team Canada receives a heavenly assist from a group of gone-but-not-forgotten NHLers when it appears the greatest hockey series in this country's history might be forfeited to the Russians.

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Frank Cosentino, a retired Canadian professional football player, educator and coach, has written an imaginative fiction story based on the iconic 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey series that today remains a source of national pride and is regarded by many as a landmark event in Canadian cultural history. Indeed, Paul Henderson’s summit-winning goal is known as “the goal that everyone remembers” and has become the most well-known goal in the history of the game.

Cosentino was a renowned quarterback who played 10 years in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with Hamilton, Edmonton and Toronto. As a player he was a member of five Grey Cup teams, winning twice with Hamilton.

Now a prolific author and Professor Emeritus at York University, who taught courses in sports history, Cosentino has created a supernatural tale that sees 14 deceased NHLers taking part in the legendary ’72 hockey summit. When the heavenly hockey players think the home team is in danger of losing the series, players of a bygone era such as Georges Vezina, Howie Morenz and Bill Barilko and other “Hockey Gods” provide an assist by “infusing” themselves into Team Canada players like Paul Henderson, Tony Esposito and Peter Mahovlich.

“The book is a mixture of fact and fantasy,” said Cosentino. “I wrote the book from this perspective because I wanted to make the reader aware of some hockey legends from other eras. We have an undeniable hockey culture in Canada. It helps define who we are.”

This is Cosentino’s 15th book, including two on the CFL and the history of football and sports in Canada. After he hung up his CFL football cleats, he taught and coached at the University of Western Ontario for six years where his teams won Vanier Cups in 1971 and 1974. He then joined York University in Toronto as professor and chair of Physical Education and Athletics. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Eganville, Ontario.


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