Long Shot: How the Winnipeg Falcons Won the First Olympic Hockey Gold

Long Shot: How the Winnipeg Falcons Won the First Olympic Hockey Gold

by Eric Zweig
     
 

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The sons of Icelandic immigrants and friends since boyhood, the Winnipeg Falcons were a superbly talented team of just eight players who brought home Canada's first Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1920. But before they became world champions, the Falcons endured years of prejudice on and off the ice.

Author and renowned hockey historian Eric Zweig brings to

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The sons of Icelandic immigrants and friends since boyhood, the Winnipeg Falcons were a superbly talented team of just eight players who brought home Canada's first Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1920. But before they became world champions, the Falcons endured years of prejudice on and off the ice.

Author and renowned hockey historian Eric Zweig brings to life the fascinating story of the little team that wouldn't quit.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.6]

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
The book, Long Shot, takes the reader back in to the era of WWI and how young hockey players went from the streets of Winnipeg to the number one players in the world. At this time in history, Canada lived and breathed hockey. They also had a narrow way of looking at winners. They preferred ones that came from the right neighborhoods so they limited the playing field until the war broke out and changed public opinion. Now our young boys with Icelandic backgrounds who called themselves the Falcons found the path that could lead them from the streets into an international arena called the Olympic Games. Author and historian Eric Zweig combined the story of the forgotten Falcons with the history of how hockey became part of the Olympic Games. Unlike most dull history type books, this one reads more as a work of fiction with fun facts added to it. The shorter chapters and the continual use of dates and times helps the reader to learn these facts quickly and easily. The random gray boxes throughout the book presents more interesting details that complete the story. The photographs give an authentic touch to the time period and allow young readers to share in the winning with our players. The book also shows how determination and love of the game can make any one a winner regardless of ethnic background and life obstacles such as going off to war. Reviewer: Julia Beiker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552779118
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
06/27/2012
Series:
Lorimer Recordbooks Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
File size:
992 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

ERIC ZWEIG has written about sports and sports history for many major publications, including the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. He has also been a writer/producer with CBC Radio Sports and TSN SportsRadio, and written several popular books about hockey for both adults and children. He lives in Owen Sound, Ontario, with his family.

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