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  • 11/2022
  • 978-0-9659128-1-5
  • 241 pages
  • $21.95
Paul R. Greenland
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Victory on Ice: The Chicago Blackhawks' First Stanley Cups

Adult; Entertainment (Music, Pop Culture, Sports, Travel); (Market)

Epic battles, fatal sacrifices, and highly improbable circumstances brought the Stanley Cup to Chicago twice during the 1930s. Long overlooked, the city’s 1934 and 1938 championships evoked a sense of triumph and jubilation during the darkness and gloom of the Great Depression. By combining tales of old-time hockey with rare photos and broader elements of history, Victory on Ice recreates a near-century-old landscape, teleporting readers to a bygone era when the Blackhawks’ earliest heroes played a brutal game against bitter rivals. Many players and their families lived simple, interconnected lives in small apartments and hotels. Teammates forged a unique camaraderie during long train rides between NHL cities. Salaries were modest, and players without cars took the bus to practices and games at the cavernous and electrifying Chicago Stadium. Underworld figures, intent on fixing games, occasionally threatened players. Experience all the action and excitement in this detailed account of two unforgettable seasons, concluding with one of the greatest Cinderella stories in professional sports.
Reviews
NHL History with Ty Dilello

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was one my favourite hockey books of the year. It told the tale of the 1934 and 1938 Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Black Hawks teams with a personal look at the players who made up the teams. I especially enjoyed Greenland’s account of the Alfie Moore saga in Game 1 of the 1938 Finals as it is the most in-depth version that I’ve ever read.

Ty Dilello is the author of Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning in a Bottle; Golden Boys: The Top 50 Manitoba Hockey Players of All Time; and Manitoba Hockey: An Oral History. He is an accredited writer with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR).

Roger A. Godin, Author & Former U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Executive Director

“Paul Greenland has produced a pioneering work on pre-WWII professional hockey. While the term ‘groundbreaking’ is frequently overplayed, I do think it’s quite appropriate here. It’s a major contribution to the history of hockey.”

News
12/09/2022
Victory on Ice Featured in Toronto Sun

Victory on Ice: The Chicago Blackhawks' First Stanley Cups made the Toronto Sun's “Hockey Titles for Christmas Reading” list as a critic's choice entry from the Society for International Hockey Research. 

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 11/2022
  • 978-0-9659128-1-5
  • 241 pages
  • $21.95

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