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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, Toronto, 1981
Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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SIGNED on the title page by the late, great Mr. Gzowski. Unclipped, second variant dust jacket (Danby watercolour of a player lacing his skates) in VG condition. Corners & head of spine bumped, 1/2" tear at bottom left corner of front panel, almost invisible. Brodart protected.The book is solid and clean, appears to be unread or gently read once. Bottom edges slightly rubbed. Previous owner gift inscription on title page. Gzowski spent the 1980-81 NHL season chronicling the very young Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Scarce signed. (Signature on rear panel is a pre-print and not hand-signed). Bookseller Inventory # 000584

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Title: The Game of Our Lives

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart, Toronto

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Ken Danby

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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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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