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The Goaltenders’ Union

Hockey’s Greatest Puckstoppers, Acrobats, and Flakes

by (author) Greg Oliver & Richard Kamchen

Publisher
ECW Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Category
Hockey, Sociology of Sports, History
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781770411494
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770905849
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $14.99

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In hockey, goalies have always been a contradiction — solitary men in a team game, the last line of defence and the stalwarts expected to save the day after any and every miscue and collapse from his teammates. It’s no wonder that anyone who played the position has had his sanity questioned; yet some of the biggest innovations in the game have come from its puckstoppers. In The Goaltenders’ Union, Greg Oliver and Richard Kamchen talk to more than 60 keepers of yesterday and today, finding common threads to their stories, and in dozens of interviews about them with other coaches and players. From Gilles “Gratoony the Loony” Gratton, who refused to play because the moon was out of alignment with Jupiter, to Jonathan Quick, the athletically gifted master keeper of today’s game, the book is an entertaining and enlightening peek behind the mask.

 

About the authors

A writer, editor, and stay-at-home dad, Greg Oliver has written extensively about hockey and professional wrestling. Recent books include Blue Lines, Goal Lines, & Bottom LinesDon’t Call Me GoonThe Goaltenders’ UnionWritten in Blue & White; and Duck with the Puck. A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Greg lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son. Learn more at OliverBooks.ca. Jim Gregory is a vice-president with the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Editorial Reviews

 

“The authors provide an entertaining account of goaltender personalities, the mental toughness required, and valuable insight into the careers of the best before, during and after their stints in the National Hockey League. Along the way, readers will learn about the influence television had on the introduction of the two-goalie system and many other interesting facts.” — PublishersWeekly.com

 

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