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.
"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
"Hardy and Holman provide an original and compelling narrative of the global spread of hockey, drawing upon the scholarly and popular literature from many different countries, cultures and perspectives. It's ambitious, comprehensive, seamless, and highly readable--an extraordinary contribution."--Bruce Kidd, author of 'Critical Support' for Sport
"Hardy and Holman provide a highly readable account of the story of hockey. Recommended." --Choice