1972: The Series That Changed Hockey Forever

S. & S. May 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781982154141. $25.99. SPORTS
Before professional hockey players were allowed to compete in the Olympics, the Canadians were regularly bested in international competition by their Russian counterparts. By 1968, it was enough of a national concern that it became an issue in the federal election. This was also a time of internal discord for Canada. What better way to bring the country together and repair Canada’s hockey reputation than a chance for the best players from both countries to compete for the ultimate bragging rights? Morrison (100 Years, 100 Moments: A Centennial of NHL Hockey) recounts the story of that contest—the Summit Series. With chapters covering each game in detail and the events and drama in between, as well as several dedicated to its creation, organization, and aftermath, Morrison provides a comprehensive view of this epic battle between hockey’s superpowers. Though numerous books about the Summit Series exist already, including Ken Dryden’s The Series and Morrison’s own The Days Canada Stood Still, it is a touchstone part of hockey history that fans never tire of reading about.
VERDICT An entertaining read that will appeal to hockey fans and readers interested in the intersection of sports and politics.
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