The Battle of Alberta: The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames

The Battle of Alberta: The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames

by Mark Spector

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Overview

The Battle of Alberta: The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames by Mark Spector

An up-close look at the rivalry between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, told from the perspective of those that were there. Sports writer and on-air personality Mark Spector pays tribute to the province's hockey heyday with a unique blend of humour and homage.

     "I hated every single guy on the Oilers, 'cause they all hated me." --Tim Hunter, the Calgary Flames
    
In the 1980s, the province of Alberta was home to the two best hockey teams in the NHL. Aptly dubbed "Death Valley" due to the sheer talent and ability of its players, the province not only begat rivalry with other NHL teams, but also sparked fierce competition within its own borders. Thus began The Battle of Alberta, the historic struggle between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames.
     In The Battle of Alberta, veteran sports journalist Mark Spector presents homage to Albertan hockey, and the two teams that inspired one of the most bitter competitions in NHL history. Through exclusive interviews with coaches, trainers, and players, Spector provides an unbiased, often hilarious look at the brawls, the clashes, and the schemes.
     A chronicle of an unforgettable time in hockey history (filled with never-before-seen photographs), The Battle of Alberta is guaranteed to entertain fans and educate newcomers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771078088
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 382,125
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MARK SPECTOR is a sports journalist for SportsNet and has been reporting for the Canadian media for 27 years. His career spans multiple mediums, having hosted the Mark Spector Show on TEAM 1260 to being an Oilers beat reporter for the Edmonton Journal. He has interviewed some of the biggest sporting names of our generation, from Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, to Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki. Mark resides in Edmonton, Alberta. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Foreword Theoren Fleury ix

1 Iron Sharpens Iron: The Oilers and the Flames Evolve 1

2 Matching The Oilers Blueprint: U.S. College Talent Boosts the Flames Roster 21

3 Dissecting The Oilers Dynasty: Glen Sather and the Art of Experience 36

4 Climbing The Mountain: Bob Johnson Fuels the Flames' Rise 58

5 Leading By Inclusion: Oiler Mark Messier's Subtle Direction 75

6 Of Mics and Men: Reporting from the Battle Press Box 94

7 Being Neil Sheehy: The Battle's Most Hated Villain 108

8 Upside-Down Land: The Flames Capture the 1986 Battle 121

9 The Right Play The Wrong Way: Oiler Steve Smith's Unforgettable Goal 141

10 Stripes and Stars: Reffing the Battle of Alberta 156

11 Containing The Great One: Like Trying to Hug Fog 172

12 The Mountain Climbed-Finally: The Flames' Lanny McDonald Hoists the 1989 Stanley Cup 191

13 STU Grimson Versus Dave Brown I And II: The Night the Battle Went Too Far 210

14 Two Hundred Feet Away, Miles Apart: Flame Réjean Lemelin versus Oiler Grant Fire 234

15 The Last Great Battle: Theo Fleury's Anger Pours Gas on the Battle's Fire 250

Conclusion 267

Afterword 271

Acknowledgements 277

Index 278

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