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Long considered Canadian, ice hockey is in truth a worldwide phenomenon--and has been for centuries. In Hockey: A Global History, Stephen Hardy and Andrew C. Holman draw on twenty-five years of research to present THE monumental end-to-end history of the sport. Here is the story of on-ice stars and organizational visionaries, venues and classic games, the evolution of rules and advances in equipment, and the ascendance of corporations and instances of bureaucratic chicanery. Hardy and Holman chart modern hockey's "birthing" in Montreal and follow its migration from Canada south to the United States and east to Europe. The story then shifts from the sport's emergence as a nationalist battlefront to the movement of talent across international borders to the game of today, where men and women at all levels of play lace 'em up on the shinny ponds of Saskatchewan, the wide ice of the Olympics, and across the breadth of Asia. Sweeping in scope and vivid with detail, Hockey: A Global History is the saga of how the coolest game changed the world--and vice versa.
About the Author
Stephen Hardy is a retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. His publications include Sport Marketing, Fourth Edition and How Boston Played: Sport, Recreation, and Community. Andrew C. Holman is a professor of history and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University. His publications include Canada's Game: Hockey and Identity and The Same but Different: Hockey in Quebec.
"This book captures the sport of hockey from its beginnings throughout the world and how it has evolved into the great international sport that we have today. A must read for anyone with a passion for hockey."--Bill Cleary, 1960 Olympic gold medalist
"Hockey: A Global History is a major hit. . . . If you want to delve deep into the sport you love and have an interest in being educated and immersing yourself in a great story, it is for you and you’ll enjoy it."--HockeyWriters
"Their expansive and very detailed study of hockey's evolution, structures, and culture is required reading. . . . The library of the sport's literature is an extensive one, but there's nothing in it like their Hockey: A Global History." --H-Net Review
"Hardy and Holman provide a highly readable account of the story of hockey. Recommended." --Choice
"This is a book that should be on every bookshelf for sports fans and a definite must for hockey aficionados." --KNUP Sports
"Hockey: A Global History is a complex and well-researched book that deserves the attention of scholars, hockey enthusiasts and all others with an inquiring mind." --Central European Journal of Canadian Studies