Hardcover. 8vo. Little, Brown & Company. 1973. 209 pgs. DJ in VG shape with light shelf-wear present to the DJ. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. Bx-213; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 209 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 42700
Synopsis: s minor edge rubs and wear with a few closed short tears.. The Canadians and the NHL were full of themselves before the series started. The Russians were unknowns, victors ad nauseum over Olympians from Sweden, Finland, Czechoslovakia, et al., but untested against NHL competition. Cocksure predictions of an 8-game sweep were not only the norm in Canada, but a national right (and rite). When the Canadians scored the first two goals of the series almost before the first puck dropped, all seemed right in Saskatchewan. But after that came debacle: Canada lost the game, 7-3, and therein lies Ken Dryden's tale. Dryden was one of the top NHL goalies of the 1970s. He led the Montreal Canadiens to six Stanley Cups, won Rookie of the Year in 1972, and earned five Vezina Trophies as the best goalie in an NHL season. That he started four of the eight games against the Russians came as no surprise. The shock was that a star of Dryden's magnitude was forced to change his entire goaltending style after losing his first two starts. Nor was he alone. His teammates were just as unprepared for a style of hockey they had never seen before. (I still recall the baffled expressions of the Canadian TV hockey "experts" after one of the losses.).. Today's hockey fans know a lot of National Hockey League players whose names end in "ov"--Afinogenov, Kozlov, Federov, Antropov, Chistov, Samsonov, etc. Most are Russian. Forty years ago, such a statement would be unheard of. The Cold War was on, and while Canadians and Russians played the same game, they did so in two hostile worlds. Their only hockey contact occurred in the Olympic Games when the Soviets played Canadian amateurs, not professionals from the NHL..Until this landmark beginning!
Title: Face-Off At the Summit
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: 1973
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.
Book Description Little, Brown, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED on the Title Page. No inscription. A lovely collectible copy of Ken Dryden's memorable account of the most famous hockey series in history: Team Canada vs. the Soviet Union in 1972. First Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked book. No previous owner markings of any kind. Hardcover. Red paper-covered boards quarter bound in blue cloth with silver gilt titles on the spine. The Jacket shows light wear/rubbing and is clipped at the top left corner of front flap. Overall a collectible copy by one of the great goaltenders in hockey history and the man between the pipes in Game 8 of this immortal series. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002842