In 1967 the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in a stunning defeat of the mighty Montreal Canadiens in Canada’s centennial year. Thirty-nine years later (and counting), no other Leaf team has been able to do it again. As the years pass, the legend grows. The men who were the Leafs in 1967--a scrappy group of aging players and unsung youngsters--were the kings of this universe, the last hockey heroes to skate in the world’s most important hockey city. They were the men with the right stuff who enjoyed the perks and privileges that went with it.
Sixty-Seven is not just another hockey book about that legendary team, but a unique and total look at the contradictions, the legends, the shame and the glory of ’67. Within five years of that ’67 victory, two key members of the team, Tim Horton and Terry Sawchuk, would be dead due to alcohol and drug-related issues. The man who had succeeded Smythe as King of Carlton Street, Harold Ballard, was in jail. The seeds of what would become a horrifying pedophile scandal a quarter-century later were being planted. All that had been built up over the course of decades was in the process of being torn down.
Sixty-Seven tells previously untold stories, funny and tragic, from the inside of that unforgettable dressing room. And beyond the story of the team, it will tell the story of the times, a time of innocence before Vietnam and Watergate, the last year of the Original Six-Team NHL, and the last gasp of the hockey dynasty built by the legendary Conn Smythe. The story of Sixty-Seven extends well beyond that of a hockey team that found a way to win.
|Publisher:||Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.66(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.71(d)|
About the Author
Gord Stellick began working for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1975, eventually becoming the club’s General Manager in 1988. In the summer of 1989, he resigned from the Leafs and joined the New York Rangers as assistant GM. He then moved to the media side as the Leafs’ colour analyst on their radio broadcasts, and in 1993 he and Cox joined forces for a year to co-host an afternoon talk show on the FAN590 all-sports radio station in Toronto. Stellick remains one of the most popular sports media figures in Toronto and across the country. He currently co-hosts the FAN590’s daily morning show, and was previously host of "The Big Show" daily on the FAN590. He appears regularly as an NHL analyst for Rogers SportsNet, and co-hosts "Inside the AHL" weekly on Rogers SportNet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a an long time hockey fan, I truly enjoyed this story of the 67 Leaf victory.l Though I am not a Leaf fan I remember that Stanley Cup year, and marveled how a team that was in disarray in mid season 'witness the 10 game losing streak' could and would win a Stanley Cup against a great Canadiens team. Though I knew that Coach Imlach was a taskmaster I never knew the true Imlach. The duo of Ballard and Smythe and their demeaning of that proud franchise built by Smythe's father was very enligtening as were the stories about how cash was more important than hockey. As they say in Montreal , 'Sacre Bleu' A must read for all hockey fans or sports fans in general.