Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL--The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes

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"Breakaway reads like an international political spy thriller. A must-read for fans who want to know about the history of the game, who some of the great European players were, and the development of the global game as we know it today."
Mike Smith, former General Manager, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, and USA Hockey

Until the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union, athletes in Eastern Europe were prized as national...

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"Breakaway reads like an international political spy thriller. A must-read for fans who want to know about the history of the game, who some of the great European players were, and the development of the global game as we know it today."
Mike Smith, former General Manager, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, and USA Hockey

Until the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union, athletes in Eastern Europe were prized as national heroes and afforded relative luxuries compared to other citizens. Better food, nicer apartments, the ability to travel, possibly even a car. But they still lived under the heel of a system that punished even the slightest transgressions or resistance to authority. Many accepted the conditions at home, but some sought a good life—not just a relatively better one. Risking imprisonment, retaliation against their families, or worse, a slow trickle of extremely talented hockey players defected to the West, seeking a life in North America with the NHL that they couldn't achieve elsewhere. Tal Pinchevsky traces their lives and the paths and dangers they faced, based on interviews he conducted with the players, their families, and the many people who helped them to break away.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118095003
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tal Pinchevsky was born and raised in Montreal. Since moving to New York in 2001, Tal has written primarily about sports and popular culture for a variety of print and online publications, including the New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New York Post, Spin, the Source, Men's Fitness, Time Out New York, The Hockey News, and Madison Square Garden's web site, MSG.com. He is currently a staff writer and producer for NHL.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

1. The Prague Spring 1

2. The European Project 29

3. The Beginning of the Czech-sodus 67

4. The Juniors 111

5. The Russians Are Coming 145

6. The Young Ones 200

7. The Last Defector 239

Index 265

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    An interesting read, although not the greatest writing. If you'

    An interesting read, although not the greatest writing. If you're a hockey fan you will enjoy this.

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