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Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings v. Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era

Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings v. Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Dater , Scotty Bowman
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A must-read for all hockey fans.--Scotty Bowman, former National Hockey League head coach

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In Blood Feud, Colorado Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater not only submits that the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry was the most feverish match-up in recent years, but also that there was none better played. No fewer than twenty players have or will eventually make it to the Hall of Fame; the best scorers were matched up against the best goalies; brilliant coaches could be found on both benches; and two of the league's smartest general managers ruthlessly tried to one-up each other at every NHL trade deadline. Blood Feud is a rollicking story of a fierce, and often violent, rivalry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1483 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00HUBWPAU
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1st Taylor Trade Publishing Ed edition (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE1M2U6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good but... 9 Jan 2012
By Kel
I became a fan of hockey and the Red Wings in 1997 as a young kid and knew a little about the rivalry between the two teams. This book explains every little details of why it started and how it ended.
It's a great read and will definitely get your hockey juices flowing however I think it's probably got more information about Colorado Avalanche. The writer wrote about the Avalanche for years so it's understandable. There are good chapters in the Wings but I found myself thinking there was a lot of information about Colorado.
All in all, a great read for fans of either teams. I read it in two days a s I couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars about time 2 Aug 2007
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the game and the cold war were good reads.this is a well written almost un-biased interesting hockey book.full of behind the scenes and explaination of events and the lead up to the feud.will keep you going through off season
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wingnut Residing in Denver 22 May 2007
By David E. Ford - Published on
As a 27 year Detroit native living the last 13 years in Denver, I was in the emotional vortex of this great rivalry. This book was a great read and brought back all the polar feelings from these incredible games and bloody fights. Mr. Dater retells this story in a bioptic fashion, delving into the important characters and the stories behind the story. He points out the strange ironic twists that festered into this Hockey hatred. His fact finding was thorough and impressive on both teams. His writing style is casual, easy to read and similar to Jon Krakauer's "Into thin Air." Anyone who suggests Avalanche bias is way off base. This Denver newspaper writer is arguably tougher on the Av's than the Wings with most negative ink heaped on Lemieux and Crawford and some not too flattering episodes by Patrick Roy. Luckily this was an easy read because I had a hard time putting it down after page 1. Sent a copy to my brother in Detroit and he was late to work the morning he cracked it open. He showed the book to his boss and his tardiness was quickly forgotten and his book quickly borrowed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight Into One of Modern Sports Greatest Rivalries - A Must Read For All Hockey Fans 15 Mar 2007
By William A. Long - Published on
Adrian Dater has written an unbiased, insightful book about one of hockey's hardest fought rivalries. In this very readable account, Dater gives hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the people and events that made up this rivalry. Even though I followed this rivarlry on television and in the newsprint, I was unaware of the actual conversations and actions of the players and coaches on and off the ice. Mr. Dater also provides biographical accounts of some of the major participants, like Claude Lemieux and Darren McCarty. These accounts add insight into the rivalry. I would highly recommend this book to all hockey fans, young and old, especially to fans of The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have book for any serious hockey fan. 13 Aug 2008
By NHVIKING - Published on
Adrian Dater's account of the feud (and it was bloody!) between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche is chuck a block full of previously unknown, but hilarious, peculiar (Scotty Bowman is a unique dude to say the least), and riveting inside information and anecdotes. Dater, a hockey writer for the Denver Post, is no homer, and plays it fair, being equally snarky and funny about both teams. Dater covered every game of the 90's between these two rivals, and its all facinatingly covered in this book. Its a terrific read and manditory bookshelf inclusion for all true hockey fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, surprisingly unbiased 22 April 2008
By Benjamin Drenth - Published on
I'm a big Red Wings fan, and while this book looked interesting at first glance, I worried that it would be slanted in the Avs favor/perspective given that the author has followed and written about the Avs since they moved to Denver. Happily, this was not the case, as both sides were evenly covered.

The strength of the book is its coverage of the history of several of the major players on each side as well as a revealing look behind the scenes. I watched most of these hockey games, but I didn't know much of what was going on in the front offices and lockerooms.

My only complaint is that more of the on-ice action could have been added in, and I think that this would have fleshed out the entire book more completely. All in all, though, this is a fun read and is strongly recommended for all Wings and Avs fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for All Hockey Fans 12 Jan 2008
By Big D From YV- - Published on
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I was suprised by how unbiased this book was. Seeing that it was written by an Avs beat writer I assumed it would be one sided painting the Red Wings as the "Evil Empire" or what have you. That was not the Case. Not only did it cover the major games and playoff series of the rivalry it also gave short Bios of the key people involved ie Bowman, MacCarty, Draper, Roy, and of course Lemeiux.
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