Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings v. Colorado Avalanche

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In Blood Feud, Colorado Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater not only submits that the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry was the most feverish match-up in recent years, but also that there was none better played. No fewer than twenty players have or will eventually make it to the Hall of Fame; the best scorers were matched up against the best goalies; brilliant coaches could be found on both benches; and two of the league's smartest general managers ruthlessly tried to one-up each other at every NHL trade deadline. Blood...
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Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings v. Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era

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Overview

In Blood Feud, Colorado Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater not only submits that the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry was the most feverish match-up in recent years, but also that there was none better played. No fewer than twenty players have or will eventually make it to the Hall of Fame; the best scorers were matched up against the best goalies; brilliant coaches could be found on both benches; and two of the league's smartest general managers ruthlessly tried to one-up each other at every NHL trade deadline. Blood Feud is a rollicking story of a fierce, and often violent, rivalry.
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Scotty Bowman
A must-read for all hockey fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793194
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 286,815
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Dater covers the Colorado Avalanche for the Denver Post. He lives in Thornton, Colorado.
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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    AWESOME

    I love this book. It is the best in like the world. Like all of my family love the avs. Espally me and my couisn. We both play hockey. My team wins most of the time. But the girls on the other teams are such sissys. Anaway I LOVE the avs and HATE the red wings. I am so mad about how the NHL had a lockout. My top four favorite NHL team are (in order) Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks, Washintion Captials, and the Boston Bruins. Every body in my school is a big hockey fan mostly the Blackhawks. But I am staying true to my roots. GO AVALANCHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Goal

    Kick some butt goal is my best place

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Starrykit

    Good use of prophecy...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Song

    Tragic also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Hawkpool and the disaster Part 6

    "This can't be happening!" Hawkpaw meowed to Mousepaw. "I'm sorry, Hawkpaw, but it is." Mousepaw looked down. "Oh, my kit!" Silverflower suddenly yowl and ran in the Med. Cat den. "My little kit!" Silverflower worried. Briarstar stepped in the den, his gaze filled with trears. "I knew it!" Silverflower snarled. "I should have kept my little kit in the nursery for another moon!" Hawkpaw rolled his eyes. 'I'm not a little kit anymore!' Briarstar glimpse at Hawkpaw. "He was just curious of the outside world, that's all." Briarstar suggested. Briarstar was defending his son! "And look where that left him!" Silverflower hissed. "It wasn't his fault! It was the gang of badgers!" Briarstar pionted out. "And the gang of badgers would have never attacked him if he never left the apprentices den!" Silverflower growled. "It was my idea!" Daisypaw finally admited. "Your idea?" Silverflower turned to the light orange apprentice. "Look, I'm sorry!" Daisypaw trembled. "I should kill you for this!" Silverflower held up a unsheathed claw, ready to strike. "Silverflower, don't!" Briarstar tolded her and Silverflower hold her paw down. "This mouse-brain idiot almost killed my precious kit!" She pionted out. "It wasn't her fault that Hawkpaw and Badgerpaw were injured!" Briarstar growled. "What about Firepaw?" Daisypaw asked. Silverflower turned to her. "He is dead!" She screeched. "Dead? No! That can't be true!" Daisypaw cried out. "Well he is!" Silverflower hisses. "Stop!" Briarstar ordered. "It isn't Daisypaw's fault that Firepaw died from the badger attacked-" Silverflower inturrupted. "And Hawkpaw, my poor kit, and Badgerpaw got seriously injured! I think this is all her fault to me!" Briarstar snorted. "Why did I even picked you to be my mate?" He asked. "Because you love me!" Silverflower hissed. "You chose me because you think I am the best!" Briarstar nodded calmly. "I know. But you got to stop treating Hawkpaw like a little kit and accusing Daisypaw for a dead apprentice!" Hawkpaw looked at Daisypaw. "Why did I have to do that?" She whispered to herself. "You two have to figure this out yourselves, but not in here!" Mousepaw hissed. "Fine. Let's go to my den." Briarstar suggested and waits for Silverflower to follow. "You need to come with us!" She ordered Daisypaw. Daisypaw's tail droop and followed Hawkpaw's mother to the leader's den. Mousepaw looked at Hawkpaw. "Don't be sad. It will be alright once you get used to your loss leg." Hawkpaw looked at him. "I might never be a warrior because of this...what a horrible disaster!" Mousepaws ears twitched. "I need to tell you something." He meowed. "I knew this was coming." Hawkpaw looked at Mousepaw. "You did? How?" Mousepaw looked away. "It was a dream last night. I dreamed of badger stripes wrapping around a hawk, cutting one of its wings off. I saw fire and badger stripes fighting for life, but the stripes won, and a flower, much like a daisy, protected them all with its petals, but a regular badger just looked away from the fight, its spine bending. I didn't know what all of that ment, but now I know." He explained. Hawkpaw looked down in guilt. "Where's Badgerpaw?" He asked. Mousepaw flicked his tail to a black cat with brown paws. 'Badgerpaw...' hie laid down so strange and his spine kept snapping. 'Did his spine broke?" END OF PART SIX! STILL PRETTY SAD, HUH? PART SEVEN IS COMING SOON!

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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.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    You Can't Go Wrong with This One

    I read all kinds of books - history, management, mystery/thrillers, biographies, sports and sports history. Over the years, while a huge hockey fan (Go Isles!), I've not read too too many hockey books. I am so glad that I bought this one. This has to be a "must" read for any Avs or Wings fan, but beyond that, for me it belongs in the "must read" category for any sports fan. The author provides such an in-depth overview of this great hockey rivarly, including insights into many of the main characters. Writing with a style that blends recounting of the games, facts about how the rivalry developed and a good dose of inside "gossip," the author provides a story you can't help but zip through. Even if you think you know all there is about this rivalry - you won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Great Read

    Excellent read for fans from both sides of the rivalry, as well as the general hockey fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Great Rivalry book

    This was a great book to read. I have followed the Avs-Wings rivalry for years. this really gave me a better insider look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Great read

    A fun hockey book to read. Good inside info. I really enjoyed this book a lot.

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