A Wild Stab for It: This Is Game Eight from Russia

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On the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, a personal and poetic journey into the heart of hockey in Canada As summer turned to fall in 1972, Canada was redefining itself and its place in the world. Politically, a spirited election campaign asked probing questions about the nation’s past, present, and future — the nationalist pride of recent centennial celebrations contrasted with the stressed relationship between English and French Canada post-FLQ crisis. In a very different arena, similar issues were ...
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Overview


On the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, a personal and poetic journey into the heart of hockey in Canada As summer turned to fall in 1972, Canada was redefining itself and its place in the world. Politically, a spirited election campaign asked probing questions about the nation’s past, present, and future — the nationalist pride of recent centennial celebrations contrasted with the stressed relationship between English and French Canada post-FLQ crisis. In a very different arena, similar issues were raised by the trials and triumphs of the players of Canada’s game. On the 40th anniversary of what is arguably the single most important sporting event in Canadian history, Dave Bidini travels back through time to September 28, 1972. By asking Canadians of all stripes — athletes, artists, politicians, and pundits — to share their memories, whether they were there in Moscow’s Luzhniki Ice Palace or watching a TV rolled into a classroom, Bidini explores how the legendary Canada–Russia Summit Series changed hockey history and helped shape a nation’s identity. Doing what John McPhee’s Levels of the Game did for tennis and American culture, Bidini asks: did something about being Canadian influence the outcome of the series, or did the outcome of the series change what it means to be Canadian?
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"A delightful read that both armchair travelers and aficionados will enjoy. Recommended for public libraries and all sports collections."  —Library Journal on Tropic of Hockey

"Possibly, there isn't a better hockey writer around Canada today. . . . A Wild Stab For It is an indelible book that reminds readers who we were once and are today." —Owen Sound Sun Times (September 29, 2012)

"[Bidini] offers insight into the 'shared-ness' of this sporting spectacle, how it held a nation's attention and impressed itself upon our collective memory." —Winnipeg Free Press (October 13, 2012)

"We hear much about how significant Game 8 became to so many people and this book provides that perspective, one that has never, to my knowledge, been in print before." —www.SI.com

"A Wild Stab For It is a great little, nostalgic book for hockey fans that captures the beauty of a series that will never be forgotten." —www.NewsTalk1010.com

"Bidini's book is a no doubt, breakaway beauty of a goal to the back of the net. Bidini amplifies and reverberates Paul Henderson's goal heard around the world for another generation, hockey fans or not." —Telegraph-Journal (September 15, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770411180
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 799,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Dave Bidini is a writer and musician. He is a columnist for the "National Post" and the Gemini Award-winning writer of the documentary "Hockey Nomad," adapted from his memoir "Tropic of Hockey." He is also the author of several more books, including "On a Cold Road," "Baseballissmo," and "Writing Gordon Lightfoot." He is a founding member of the bands the Rheostatics and BidiniBand and an avid recreational hockey player. He lives in Toronto. Brian Pickell is a musician and photographer. He has several books to his credit, is a former photographer for the "Toronto Star," and is the front man of the Brian Pickell Band. He lives in Paris, Ontario.
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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    All of my Canadian friends, and many of the American ones who ar

    All of my Canadian friends, and many of the American ones who are into hockey, are familiar with the 1972 hockey series between Canada and Russia.  However, many / most are so young that they only know it from history books and oral tradition.  

    I highly recommend Dave Bidini's “A Wild Stab For It” to these fans.  It is a short book that still manages to combine the hockey highlights of the 8 game series with the impact on Canadian society, as well as how some apparently peripheral or minor events may have had a big effect on the players and the series.  A few well-selected photographs are also interspersed throughout the text.

    Much of the book is told through Bidini's eyes, BUT he also has the sense to obtain other input – participants and observers alike – to tell a truly Canadian story, one which Macleans magazine listed as one of the Top 20 Canadian stories of the 20th century.  It isn't an all-encompassing history; that's not its intent nor given its size would it even be possible.  It is, however, an ideal summary in a nutshell of a surprisingly influential moment in the history of our neighbours to the north.

    RATING: 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Canada

    We beat them Russians, fair and square!

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