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The Game of Our Lives

Gzowski, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0771037414 / ISBN 13: 9780771037412
Published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1981
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McClelland & Stewart 1981 A very Canadian book, in which a much loved CBC radio personality hung out with the Edmonton Oilers for the 1980-81 season, telling us what Wayne Gretzky was really like, and, as implied by the title, explaining how hockey and Canada are intertwined, this exemplified in particular when the minister of employment and immigration was persuaded to smooth the paths of the Stasny brothers to enable them to defect from the Czech national team to the Quebec Nordiques. Clean white boards with maroon endpapers and spine with cream lettering (look appropriate but not Oiler's colours!) Former owner's bookplate on inside cover and pages are starting to tone. Light wear to top and tail of spine but corners are good. Slight cock to spine. Dust jacket is price clipped and has five half inch tears, one of which has been scotch taped. Browning at the edges. Bookseller Inventory # 001442

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Title: The Game of Our Lives

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG-

Dust Jacket Condition: Good+

Edition: Not Stated

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In this bestselling timeless classic, Peter Gzowski recounts the 1980-81 season he spent travelling around the NHL circuit with the Edmonton Oilers. These were the days when the young Oilers, led by a teenaged Wayne Gretzky, were poised on the edge of greatness, and about to blaze their way into the record books and the consciousness of a nation. While the story of the early Oilers embodies the book, The Game of Our Lives is much more than a retelling of one season in the life of an NHL team.

Unlike any book ever written in the annals of hockey, Gzowski beautifully weaves together the anatomy of a modern NHL team with the magnificent history of the game to create one of the best books about hockey in Canada. Here are the great teams and the great players through the ages—Morenz, Richard, Howe, Orr, Hull—the men whose rare and indefinable genius on the ice exemplified the speed, grit and innovation of the game.

The Game of Our Lives is the best book on the Canadian passion for hockey; a wondrously perceptive account of the hold the game has on Canadians. —Jack Granatstein, The National Post

About the Author:

Former host of CBC Radio’s “Morningside,” Peter Gzowski was one of Canada’s pre-eminent journalists. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the winner of seven ACTRA awards, as well as the Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting – the only Canadian ever to have been given the award for work as an individual. He received many lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates from twelve Canadian universities, the citation for the University of Calgary describing him as “the cartographer of the Canadian soul.”

He was the author of many best-selling books, including The Game of Our Lives, his memorable work on hockey (1981), The Private Voice, his memoir from 1988, five collections of Morningside Papers, the retrospective The Morningside Years, and two collections of columns, Canadian Living, and Friends, Moments, Countryside. His most recent book, published last fall, was an anthology of his best work entitled A Peter Gzowski Reader.

Peter Gzowski passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2002.

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