The Spirit of the Game: Exceptional Photography from the Hockey Hall of Fame

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From hockey's earliest days, photography has documented the passions evoked by this ever-changing game and its stars. The Spirit of the Game uses 300 superb photos to tell hockey's multilayered story and to celebrate those qualities that make the game matter to those who watch and play it.
The Spirit of the Game is the first photo book to organize the story of hockey both chronologically and thematically, cutting across simple time lines or team-by-team organization. It is also a book full of detail about how hockey has changed - from skates to TV cameras, from the rule book to the fans in the seats. Photos span 106 years from the Montreal AAA, Senior Amateur champions of 1889, to the New Jersey Devils, Stanley Cup champions of 1995.

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No sport is better served by photography than hockey. The game moves so quickly that the drama and emotion can easily escape the observer. But with its ability to freeze a moment in time, still photography can focus our attention on the elements we miss on the ice. This collection of more than 300 terrific color and black-and-white photos from the new Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto captures the game at its best. Edited by esteemed journalist Dan Diamond, these photos and accompanying text will transport readers back to an era when helmets were for sissies and goalies kept their feet. There are great shots of players crashing into the "boards" before fans were protected by Plexiglass shields. There are also superb color portraits of Gordie Howe and Maurice "Rocket" Richard, and there's a whole chapter on Bobby Orr, the Boston Bruin defenseman who was a Michael Jordan on ice until knee injuries prematurely ended his career in the early 1970s. A must for hockey fans. Wes Lukowsky

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As described by sports columnist Milt Dunnell in the introduction, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Indeed, this is a pictorial history of hockey, with over 300 photographs. Editor Diamond has compiled a superior collection of photos (compared to existing literature), using the half million images from the Hockey Hall of Fame's archives. The text is easy to read and informative. The study certainly captures the essence of the sport, with sections on the legends, women, and international, semipro, and amateur play. Added features include a list of individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame. As a superb assortment of snapshots, The Spirit of the Game will be relished by aficionados. Since the sport covers the width and breadth of North America, this is essential for all public libraries.?L.R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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