Game Change

Game Change

The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey

eBook - 2017
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Shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

A Globe and Mail Best Book

From the bestselling author and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this is the story of NHLer Steve Montador--who was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015--the remarkable evolution of hockey itself, and a passionate prescriptive to counter its greatest risk in the future: head injuries.

Ken Dryden's The Game is acknowledged as the best book about hockey, and one of the best books about sports ever written. Then came Home Game (with Roy MacGregor), also a major TV-series, in which he explored hockey's significance and what it means to Canada and Canadians. Now, in his most powerful and important book yet, Game Change , Ken Dryden tells the riveting story of one player's life, examines the intersection between science and sport, and expertly documents the progression of the game of hockey--where it began, how it got to where it is, where it can go from here and, just as exciting to play and watch, how it can get there.
Publisher: New York :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2017
ISBN: 9780771027482
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Arwinstein
Jul 23, 2018

Excellent book. Also provides a moving account on why somebody would keep playing hockey despite the pain and injuries. This is a must read for any sports lover, the fallout from CTE is going to affect many sports in the years to come.

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MikeHanafin
Jul 21, 2018

This is the most important hockey book (and maybe sports book) in a generation, and an absolute must-read for any hockey fan, or sports fan. You’ll likely never watch the game the same after reading it. Or think about concussions and CTE (a brain disease linked to concussions).
And the last 50+ pages are Dryden’s impassioned plea to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to take action—action only Bettman can spearhead, but has so-far been reluctant to act on seriously—to change the game’s rules to truly protect players from concussions. Just two rules. Bettman instead sounds like a climate-change denier waiting for “the science to come in”.
Dryden’s incredibly well-researched story on Montador’s life, career, concussions, and concussion-related death is gripping from start to finish (Montador’s family co-operated fully, even allowing access to his personal journal/diary). I was left so many times asking “How/why did doctors keep allowing him to play???”
Read it, and if you ever hear someone (Bettman, or any other NHL official) deny the absolute connection between concussions and CTE, you’ll know they haven’t read this book.

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soibhan
Jan 22, 2018

An important book with a message that needs implementing before more lives are wasted. There should be no need for goons or head hits in such a wonderful game. I hope Dryden and other credible advocates relentlessly pursue Bettman until he does the right thing.

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paulbifford
Dec 04, 2017

Lifelong hockey fan, and this book changed my view on 'finishing your check'

debwalker Aug 19, 2017

CTE in the NHL. By one of the greats.

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