On the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, a personal and poetic journey into the heart of hockey in Canada As summer turned to fall in 1972, Canada was redefining itself and its place in the world. Politically, a spirited election campaign asked probing questions about the nation’s past, present, and future the nationalist pride of recent centennial celebrations contrasted with the stressed relationship between English and French Canada post-FLQ crisis. In a very different arena, similar issues were raised by the trials and triumphs of the players of Canada’s game. On the 40th anniversary of what is arguably the single most important sporting event in Canadian history, Dave Bidini travels back through time to September 28, 1972. By asking Canadians of all stripes athletes, artists, politicians, and pundits to share their memories, whether they were there in Moscow’s Luzhniki Ice Palace or watching a TV rolled into a classroom, Bidini explores how the legendary CanadaRussia Summit Series changed hockey history and helped shape a nation’s identity. Doing what John McPhee’s Levels of the Game did for tennis and American culture, Bidini asks: did something about being Canadian influence the outcome of the series, or did the outcome of the series change what it means to be Canadian?
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About the Author
Dave Bidini is a writer and musician. He is a columnist for the "National Post" and the Gemini Award-winning writer of the documentary "Hockey Nomad," adapted from his memoir "Tropic of Hockey." He is also the author of several more books, including "On a Cold Road," "Baseballissmo," and "Writing Gordon Lightfoot." He is a founding member of the bands the Rheostatics and BidiniBand and an avid recreational hockey player. He lives in Toronto. Brian Pickell is a musician and photographer. He has several books to his credit, is a former photographer for the "Toronto Star," and is the front man of the Brian Pickell Band. He lives in Paris, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All of my Canadian friends, and many of the American ones who are into hockey, are familiar with the 1972 hockey series between Canada and Russia. However, many / most are so young that they only know it from history books and oral tradition. I highly recommend Dave Bidini's “A Wild Stab For It” to these fans. It is a short book that still manages to combine the hockey highlights of the 8 game series with the impact on Canadian society, as well as how some apparently peripheral or minor events may have had a big effect on the players and the series. A few well-selected photographs are also interspersed throughout the text. Much of the book is told through Bidini's eyes, BUT he also has the sense to obtain other input – participants and observers alike – to tell a truly Canadian story, one which Macleans magazine listed as one of the Top 20 Canadian stories of the 20th century. It isn't an all-encompassing history; that's not its intent nor given its size would it even be possible. It is, however, an ideal summary in a nutshell of a surprisingly influential moment in the history of our neighbours to the north. RATING: 5 stars.