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The Game Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the TopSports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought provoking look at a life in hockey Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them that made the Canadiens of the s one of the greatest hockey teams in history But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir This commemorative edition marks the th anniversary of The Game s original publication It includes black and white photography from the Hockey Hall of Fame and a new chapter from the author Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic Published in 83, this book assumes that I will have been part of the 70s, part of the 2 channel television world, part of the hockey world That is a fine assumption at the time However, as I picked this up as a book that nearly won Canada Reads, that s not good enough That assumption lay thickly between me and the words of the book So many passages are just words names, descriptions, references I don t get I wanted to like this book I wanted to learn to like hockey better I liked Ken D Published in 83, this book assumes that I will have been part of the 70s, part of the 2 channel television world, part of the hockey world That is a fine assumption at the time However, as I picked this up as a book that nearly won Canada Reads, that s not good enough That assumption lay thickly between me and the words of the book So many passages are just words names, descriptions, references I don t get I wanted to like this book I wanted to learn to like hockey better I liked Ken Dryden better, instead When he was talking about hockey, I was lost for the most part It just drifted past me When he talked about The Game, ie, about teams and sports and being an athlete and fans and owners and aging and life, then I was with him.pg 218 on violence in hockey The NHL is wrong.Anger and frustration can be releasedwithin the rules, by skating faster, by shooting harder, by doing relentless, dogged violence on an opponent s mind, as Bjorn Borg, Pete Rose, and Bob Gainey do If Freud was right and anger released is anger spent, then a right hook given is a body check missed, and by permitting fighting, the NHL discourages determined, inspired play as retaliation I don t get it I really don t Dryden is not THAT good of a writer, and while there are some magical passages here, and some great descriptions of Montreal and Canada at the time, on the whole the thing is a bit of a slog.Maybe it s cause I don t like the Habs On to Dave Bidini s hockey books, then. Boy, I don t get it I really don t I m sure I ll take some criticism for saying this, but I just don t understand why Ken Dryden s The Game is considered by most to be the best hockey book ever written and by Sports Illustrated to be one of the greatest sports books ever written Hell, I hardly read anything about sports in it Geez, it s about Dryden s family, law school, desire and efforts to pass his bar exams, his disillusionment and boredom with hockey and intense desire to retire after a Boy, I don t get it I really don t I m sure I ll take some criticism for saying this, but I just don t understand why Ken Dryden s The Game is considered by most to be the best hockey book ever written and by Sports Illustrated to be one of the greatest sports books ever written Hell, I hardly read anything about sports in it Geez, it s about Dryden s family, law school, desire and efforts to pass his bar exams, his disillusionment and boredom with hockey and intense desire to retire after a measly eight seasons when truly great players like Jaromir Jagr play through age 44 and beyond, or the great Gordie Howe until age 52 Dryden is so uninspiring a player and so uninspiring and dull a person that I have no idea how he accomplished the few, puny things he accomplished in his pathetically few years in the league Most of my favorite players have played 10, 12, 15, 18 years in the league Eight years And he s considered one of the best ever By whom What the hell did he do that was so damn great I know he helped Montreal win five Stanley Cups in eight years While impressive, that s a team accomplishment and by his own admission, he was surrounded by all stars, superstars even, so I don t know how much he contributed He did win at least three Vezina Trophies for best goalie, which says something, but even then, he levels criticisms at himself in this book that make you wonder how the hell he won the damn things He apparently split time with another goalie He got lit up repeatedly by opposing players Was he really a money player Hard to tell from this book I don t know I do know that he didn t seem to have much of a passion for the game, something he basically admits from the beginning Hardly cared at all for it Oh sure, like every Canadian kid, he said he liked to play every day growing up, but unlike every other Canadian kid, he didn t even grow up playing ICE hockey He played TENNIS BALL hockey in his back yard Excuse me, but WTF Seriously And this guy didn t go into the juniors Instead, he went to an American college, which was highly unusual at the time Why I don t know why And this is the reason I didn t even make it a full 100 pages into the book before I became so disgusted with this wimp of a man, this pathetic excuse for an athlete and a human being that I gave up on this autobiography and am left wondering why this has a 4.09 rating on Goodreads and why I have read all of these five star reviews Who are these reviewers Why are they so impressed with this book I don t get it I mean, who plays eight years when they are allegedly at the top of their game and part of a dynasty He writes that he could see the wheels coming off the Montreal dynasty his last year, so basically he bailed on the team rather than sail through rough waters Like a real champ What a winner Would definitely want him in my foxhole Like hell, I would This book was boring, there are hardly anything at all about his games or specific games or anything very sports specific although there was insightful analysis of his old coach, Scotty Bowman, that was actually good , it was depressing, it was cold, it felt dead, and I hated it with a passion, perhaps as much as I ve hated any bio I ve ever read I can t tell you how putrid I think this book is and how unimpressed I am with Ken Dryden the man Dryden, the player, was a few years before my time, so I can t say anything about him in that respect If you want to be impressed with a book s good reputation, I suppose you could invest in this, but I sure wouldn t waste my time Most definitely not recommended under any circumstances A time capsule buried at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931 and revealed on Thursday January 26, 2012 contains an NHL rule book, a municipal code, financial information on the team and a tiny carved ivory elephant of mysterious origin 1 Hockey in all its forms, in all its lore, never fails to captivate many Canadians But do we listen carefully to those voices from the distant 1931 NHL rule book andrecent past The Game by Ken Dryden, first published in 1983, offers enduring contribution A time capsule buried at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931 and revealed on Thursday January 26, 2012 contains an NHL rule book, a municipal code, financial information on the team and a tiny carved ivory elephant of mysterious origin 1 Hockey in all its forms, in all its lore, never fails to captivate many Canadians But do we listen carefully to those voices from the distant 1931 NHL rule book andrecent past The Game by Ken Dryden, first published in 1983, offers enduring contributions to sport literature, non fiction and Canadian literature Considering it comes straight from one of the most accomplished players of the sport written by him, not mediated through an interviewer or ghost writer , the book intrigues and challenges because it s not entirely a celebration of the sport of hockey, but a reverential and at times very troubled examination of it The Game is neither a light nor quick read, but it s an absorbing and thoughtful reflection on the game of hockey and the experience of being part of a team The book will fascinate fans and students of the sport as well as those interested in the history, psychology and national resonances and significance of this particular sport.Read my complete review here In one of the greatest sports memoirs across any sport, culture, or generation, legendary goaltender Ken Dryden of the 1970s era Montreal Canadians takes the reader on a fantastic journey through the life and thinking of a hockey player especially one as educated and well versed as Dryden is in the hit 1983 book The Game As much as Ball Four transformed the world of baseball in fascinating tell all fashion following its publishing in 1970, so does The Game shed light on the realm of pr In one of the greatest sports memoirs across any sport, culture, or generation, legendary goaltender Ken Dryden of the 1970s era Montreal Canadians takes the reader on a fantastic journey through the life and thinking of a hockey player especially one as educated and well versed as Dryden is in the hit 1983 book The Game As much as Ball Four transformed the world of baseball in fascinating tell all fashion following its publishing in 1970, so does The Game shed light on the realm of professional hockey Though some parts of the book are slow and bogged down by details rather than one entertaining story after another as well as highlighting a 1970s hockey team that few modern day readers are even vaguely familiar with the insight is to die for From featuring normal locker room banter involving bygone stars of the NHL to sharing his own feelings and motivations in playing hockey for a living, Dryden holds nothing back in exposing the world of our sporting heroes Whether you were part of a team sport when you were younger or not, I am sure the reader will find several eye opening narratives in this book, as well as creating a new line of thinking of how to view professional athletes at least of the pre free agency era Witheducated and opinionated autobiographies such as Drydens on the market, society is now better able to appreciate, understand, and relate to the men and women who entertain us in the world of sports In the times when former sports athletes write or have a ghost writer write their memories of faded glory on the epic field of sport with the singular possessive i being used some many times that one wonders if the autobiography of said sports athlete is pumped up with hot air to match their inflated egos Along comes a shocker of a sports autobiography written in a narrative style by not only a athlete but a hockey goalie Such a drastic change from the bombastic attitude of the other athlete In the times when former sports athletes write or have a ghost writer write their memories of faded glory on the epic field of sport with the singular possessive i being used some many times that one wonders if the autobiography of said sports athlete is pumped up with hot air to match their inflated egos Along comes a shocker of a sports autobiography written in a narrative style by not only a athlete but a hockey goalie Such a drastic change from the bombastic attitude of the other athlete autobiography This one feels rreal It is written to show what being a not only a sports athlete entails but one that just happens to be on a team that is the most respected and most veried hockey francisies ever How the game, ownership, even stadiums have changed Ken Dryden shows how an athlete lives by the schedule and how he struggles with married life as well as his own struggles with the team and management I saw a documentary on the Esposito brothers Phil Esposito was married and divorced twice during his playing days.This is no index to show what awards Ken Dryden won nor how many games he played or things that puff oneself up This book should be given out to young people who mistaken believe that being a sports athlete is all glamour Unfortunately the young people are pumped up like the other sports autobiography It s hard to explain exactly why I believe this to be the greatest book on sport ever written Maybe it s due to how it effortlessly stretches beyond the regular bounds of its genre without losing sight of its central focus Maybe it s how Dryden s insights, and writing, stand up through the decades Maybe it s something else entirely A truly unique book by an unique human being. This book by former Montr al Canadiens Goalie Ken Dryden is nothing short of brilliant It is certainly the best sports related biography I have ever read to this point in my life As much as I enjoy Baseball biographies of former players of years gone by this book by far outdoes them all As a young lad growing up in Ontario Canada and prior to moving as a kid to Southern California Ken Dryden was for me at the time a person I liked to despise this of course due to my allegiance to the Tor This book by former Montr al Canadiens Goalie Ken Dryden is nothing short of brilliant It is certainly the best sports related biography I have ever read to this point in my life As much as I enjoy Baseball biographies of former players of years gone by this book by far outdoes them all As a young lad growing up in Ontario Canada and prior to moving as a kid to Southern California Ken Dryden was for me at the time a person I liked to despise this of course due to my allegiance to the Toronto Maple Leafs I have of course grown softer with age and with life experiences that have brought a reality of not so tough mentality I have over the recent decade and a half followed the Montr al Canadiens as I do occasionally the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox even though my MLB teams are the Anaheim Angels and Washington Nationals A game of tradition, history, a rich past it is apparent the 1967 expansion changed the game forever Bob Dylan once said Reality Has Many Heads so no wonder I came to see in print within this book the same feelings I held but didn t want to accept that the Maple Leaf Canadiens rivalry is dead.has been since the late 1960 s There goes my childhood LOL even though I became a Los Angeles Kings fan and later Anaheim Ducks fan in Southern California The Gretzky years in Los Angeles were both fun and invigorating the loss of the 1993 Stanley Cup to Les Habitant de Montr al was the result of a game changer when Marty McSorley was tossed from a game by a referee for having too large a curve on his Hockey stick I was at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles the night Wayne Gretzky scored goal number 802.Mr Dryden is first and foremost not a boaster of his sports accomplishments he prefers to draw attention in his book to those around him who played positively with a work ethic incumbent upon any profession He isn t a snob either in that he references periodically through his books other great sports stars in a personal occasional comparison of the NBA, MLB, NFL and there is quite an interesting passage as well that reflects the personality of a goalie He uses this reference of reflection in the same manner that he considers a Soccer star from Europe it is apparent that good goalies have rather introverted tendencies the last line of defense in both Soccer and Hockey I have a personal opinion that Hockey Goalies in North America areacutely in tune with their MLB Catchers counterpart the bending isfrequent in Hockey than soccer and the position requires a tighter space to operate within about the same space a catcher deals with only a bit higher and wider than the strike box Home plate or a Hockey net require control and precise ability Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings was drafted by both the NHL and MLB for his abilities as a player on both the Hockey and Baseball Collegiate teams he played for while attending the University of Massachusetts Mr Dryden won 5 Stanley Cups, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and took a year off of his NHL career to finish his law degree at McGill University in Toronto but, he earned a B.A in History at Cornell University he later became a Canadian Politician elected to office in the Liberal Party the Party that currently holds the Prime Minister s Office of Canada He won 76 of 81 collegiate starts while playing goalie for Cornell Big Red in 1967 he helped the team win what we call today the Frozen Four for a Collegiate Championship.Mr Dryden doesn t brag about any of these personal accomplishments he is most humble and is careful as to how he approaches his personal awards his interest lay within the confines of his home and his family Was great to read a sports book where there was no wife beating, no alcohol or steroid abuse, no arrests, and no need for intervention of any form at any part of his life A brilliant Sports Biography plain and simple This is the 30th anniversary edition of the first edition printed in 1983 reprinted with an added chapter in 2013 There are hockey books and then there is Ken Dryden s The Game.The Game is former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden s memoir of his final season playing for the Montreal Canadiens in their quest for a fourth straight Stanley Cup.I ve read my fair share of hockey books over my long reading career While many have been just OK, few have been exceptional Ken Dryden s The Game is one of those exceptional reads Most of the hockey books I ve read are eitherof a play by play recounting of the subjec There are hockey books and then there is Ken Dryden s The Game.The Game is former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden s memoir of his final season playing for the Montreal Canadiens in their quest for a fourth straight Stanley Cup.I ve read my fair share of hockey books over my long reading career While many have been just OK, few have been exceptional Ken Dryden s The Game is one of those exceptional reads Most of the hockey books I ve read are eitherof a play by play recounting of the subject s career or filled with whacky and over the top stories I tend to lean toward the ones with unbelievable stories rather than the few that read like Arnold Schwarzenegger s abysmal Total Recall commentary track I believe that is truly what sets this apart from other sports books Dryden isconcerned with who his teammates are as people first what drives them and sets them apart from any other Joe Schmoe holding a stick and flying across the rink.Dryden digs into his own psyche and explains how everything happening both on and off the ice would effect him mentally He discusses his fears and insecurities and even a crisis of identity in believing that his teammates are just so good that his role in a win or loss feels largely irrelevant at times This is of course painfully modest considering he backstopped the Habs to six cups in eight years while collecting five Vezina trophies in the process This isn t uncommon though You would be surprised to see how little faith people often have in themselves or their performance.He discusses his controversial decision to retire at only 31 an age where most goalies are only just hitting their prime Still feeling good and on the top of his game, Dryden decides to go out before everything falls apart This seems to be a sticking point for many people when discussing his legacy I don t get that, honestly Look at all he accomplished in just eight seasons What left is there to prove Dryden is far from egotistical He speaks honestly about losing his drive to continue on as well as his fear of being traded It s not like he didn t have other options in terms of finding a career after hanging up his pads Dryden would go on to become a hockey executive as well as a member of parliament.If you ever wanted to truly get into the mind of an athlete warts and all I would struggle to think of ahonest and introspective read than Ken Dryden s The Game The fact that it was shortlisted in 2012 for CBC s Canada Reads debates should tell you something about how revered it is.FYI I read the 30th Anniversary Edition There are two post scripts one written in 2003 for the 20th anniversary and one written in 2013 for the 30th Neither really offer up that much and feel tacked on to sell copies


About the Author: Ken Dryden

Kenneth Wayne Ken Dryden is a Canadian politician, lawyer, businessman, author, and former NHL goaltender He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Dryden was a Liberal Member of Parliament from 2004, also serving as a cabinet minister from 2004 to 2006, until losing his seat in the 2011 Canadian federal elections to Conservative Mark Adler.


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