Tough Guys: Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster

Tough Guys: Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster

by Eric Zweig
     
 

"Bad" Joe Hall and Newsy Lalonde were bitter enemies on the ice. Crowds were drawn as these two roughneck hockey players battled it out for victory. But the game changed during WWI, when many of Canada's hockey players left the game to become soldiers and fight for their country. Rivals Joe and Newsy were then forced to play side by side as teammates. And in 1919,

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Overview

"Bad" Joe Hall and Newsy Lalonde were bitter enemies on the ice. Crowds were drawn as these two roughneck hockey players battled it out for victory. But the game changed during WWI, when many of Canada's hockey players left the game to become soldiers and fight for their country. Rivals Joe and Newsy were then forced to play side by side as teammates. And in 1919, just when the fighting overseas ended and things were looking up for hockey, the Spanish Influenza quickly spread across North America. The Stanley Cup was put in jeopardy. This is the story of two guys who learned to work together and deal with unexpected challenges of all kinds.


[Fry Reading Level - 4.7]

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
The Stanley Cup has been professional hockey's top honor for nearly one hundred years. Its rich history is packed with stories of miraculous triumphs and heart-wrenching defeats. Of all the season included in its legacy, the story of the undecided playoffs of 1919 may be the most tragic. Zweig takes readers through the facts leading up to that fateful series, outlining the key players and teams involved. The influence of World War I and the Spanish Flu epidemic are discussed, placing the 1918-1919 season in historical context. Hockey fans will enjoy the frequent sidebar notes that provide further explanation of how the sport has evolved into what we play today. Readers who do not know much about hockey may want to familiarize themselves with the basic rules of the game in order to more easily follow the story line. The story also includes many names of players, places, and teams which can, at times, be confusing to keep straight. However, the impact of the story is so great that by its end readers cannot help but be drawn into the excitement and suspense of the 1919 playoff series and its unfortunate ending. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552778920
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Series:
Lorimer Recordbooks Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
1,121,670
File size:
359 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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