Book Review: The Game I'll Never Forget
The Game I'll Never Forget: Compiled by Chris McDonell $19.95 Cdn at Amazon.ca

coverChris McDonell searched through years and years of Hockey Digest magazine's most popular regular feature: The Game I'll Never Forget. The regular magazine feature highlights the most memorable game in the careers of some of hockey's greatest players. The words come directly from the player's mouth, as told to a variety of authors. McDonell compiles 100 great stories, and adds color photos, box scores and his own personal comments.

Most of the book talks about NHL games, but international games are also highlighted. Most notably is the 1972 Summit Series recollections of Bill White and Peter Mahovlich, the 1987 Canada Cup memories of Rick Tocchet, the infamous 1976 Super Series game between the Red Army and Philadelphia Flyers as told by Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, the 1976 Canada Cup by Rogie Vachon; and the 1980 Olympics' Miracle On Ice as told by Neal Broten. Also, Peter Stastny and Vaclav Nedomansky are the only two non-North American players chosen for this project.

McDonell also offers his own memories on the 1976 Canada Cup, 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games.

Or course this book is not specifically focussing on international hockey. We also get first hand accounts from some of hockey's biggest names including: Stan Mikita, Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden, Phil and Tony Esposito, Dave Keon, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Frank Mahovlich, Bobby Orr, Jacques Plante, Rocket Richard and Darryl Sittler.


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