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Hockey¿s Greatest Rivalry How did a hockey team tha
Hockey’s Greatest Rivalry
How did a hockey team that just recently moved from Quebec to Denver form one of the most hatred rivalries in sports so quickly with the Detroit Red Wings? Blood Feud by Adrian Dater allows the reader to live out this nasty rivalr...
Hockey’s Greatest Rivalry
How did a hockey team that just recently moved from Quebec to Denver form one of the most hatred rivalries in sports so quickly with the Detroit Red Wings? Blood Feud by Adrian Dater allows the reader to live out this nasty rivalry. The 1996 Western Conference Finals featured the Avalanche vs. the heavily favorite Detroit Red Wings. The Avalanche with newly loaded talent such as Claude Lemieux and Patrick Roy upset the Red Wings winning the series four games to two, to advance and later win the Stanley Cup. The rivalry lead to writer Woody Paige trash talking the Detroit Red Wings, forced two teams to constantly upgrade their roster for more talent, and for seven seasons after this game, the Stanley Cup would be brought to Detroit three times, and Denver once more.
The theme of hatred comes up a lot in Blood Feud. Not only player hatred, but the hatred between Avalanches coach Marc Crawford, and Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman. For instance during a playoff game in the 1997 season, Crawford and Bowman got into a screaming match during the game. The coaches went back and forth yelling while players were out on the ice fighting, proving these teams to be part of one the nastiest rivalries in sports. The stories of coaches fighting, makes the reader really start to feel the emotions of the rivalry.
Adrian Dater did a good job of capturing player feeling inside and outside the game in the book. Dater was able to show that the hatred was not only when the teams were playing, but also when the players were away from the game. When Dater writes about Claude Lemieux and his history with the Red Wings, Dater describes an instance when Lemieux confronts a few Red Wings players after a game in front of his family, he makes the reader feel as if they are there. I dislike how Dater gives some information on the players that is unnecessary. The history of some players that don’t have anything to do with the Red Wings or Avalanche rivalry, makes for some long and boring sections to read.
Blood Feud deserves three out of five stars. The book was great because many players’ perspectives and thoughts were written down and not just the Dater’s, but some of the unnecessary information is uninteresting. Blood Feud is a must read for hockey lovers and for the casual hockey fans in Denver and Detroit, because of the history of the rivalry and some of the behind the action information that previously no-one knew about. Blood Feud should be read by older more mature readers because of the language used in some interviews and encounters from the players and coaches. Other recommend work for readers who enjoyed the book include Hockey Gods: the Inside Story of the Red Wings by Nicholas Cotsonika to further the readers knowledge on the Detroit Red Wings.
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Posted October 4, 2010
The Greatest Rivalry
This book demonstrates one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports history. Better then the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Socks and Broncos and the Raiders. This rivalry started in 1996 in the western conference finals, when Claude Lemieux hit Chris Draper in to the broads and Draper was seriously hurt laying on the ice. This started a war between this two team after this hit both goalies, Chris Osgood and Patrick Roy skated to center ice and engaged in a fight and many of the player that were on the ice got in to fights trying to defend there players honors. After the 2001-2002 season the greatest rivalry in sports history had ended sadly. This was due to many players either getting traded to different teams or players retiring. This story was one of the best stories at telling an in depth story about two teams strong hatred towards each other and the struggles and glory both teams went through during this period of greatness. it also showed the passion and love each team showed for the game through the many detailed description of the playoff games. it also showed the hatred that both teams had for each other, and how they work really hard to show they were the best team.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.