The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory Paperback – 20 Oct 2009
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"A fascinating, necessary read for any Canadiens fan or hockey historian."
-- "The Gazette" (Montreal)
"From the Hardcover edition."
About the Author
D'Arcy Jenish is the author of Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West, the award-winning Indian Fall: The Last Great Days of the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the bestselling The Stanley Cup: A Hundred Years of Hockey at its Best.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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Jenish offers the occasional nice anecdote like that, and is good at putting together a basic factual narrative, but he's very inconsistent (to be polite) at capturing the glory and grandeur of the team, the sheer visceral tribal excitement generated by Rocket Richard, Guy Lafleur, or Yvan Cournoyer racing down the right wing, or Dickie Moore, Frank Mahovlich, or Aurele Joliat down the left, as a deep-throated roar came up from the fans. An example - his description of the epic 1951 Stanley Cup final between Montreal and Toronto, a tribal war if ever there was one, is very brief and just really sort of...."meh." Another example - with the Canadiens a few seconds away from elimination in the 1979 playoffs against the Bruins, Lafleur scored a magnificent goal to tie the game and send it into overtime, one of the truly stirring moments in the history of the game, worthy of a detailed description - a beautiful pass by Jacques Lemaire straddling the blue line, a stunningly perfect shot by Lafleur, it's the moment he was born for, the moment he rehearsed for during long, cold winter afternoons in the shadows of the paper mills of Thurso (population 2,000). With his deed done on this spring day in 1979 and the crowd cheering like mad, the Flower sort of acts shy and reserved, like a little boy back in Thurso, but then he looks up and makes it a point to make proud eye contact with Larry (Big Bird) Robinson, his one true peer on the team. I find stuff like that fascinating, revealing of lots of stuff about the '70s Canadiens. Jenish apparently doesn't because he fails to mention the goal. (A video clip of the goal is available on youtube. Do a Google search for "youtube canadiens goal lafleur bruins 1979." If youtube has the video today, then Jenish should have been able to find the clip somewhere while he was researching the book in 2006 and '07. Jenish would have been well served by deconstructing a few key moments like this - this would have added a lot to his effort.)
My other big problem with the book is, the photo section is weak. Three photos of Maurice Richard but none of Howie Morenz (voted best hockey player of the first half of the 20th century by the Canadian press) or Doug Harvey (probably the best defenseman of his era)? No shots of the exterior of the old Forum, the most important building in hockey history, as central to hockey history as Yankee Stadium was to baseball? (The Forum was "a veritable shrine to hockey fans everywhere," says Wikipedia.) Photos of goalies Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante but not of goalies George Hainsworth and Patrick Roy? Is there no photo in existence of Boom Boom Geoffrion delivering a slap shot? If there isn't, Jenish should tell us that; if there is, he should find it and get it in his book. (Contrary to legend, Geoffrion didn't invent the slap shot [Jenish notes this fact] but he advanced the art considerably [Bobby Hull perfected it].) We get to see four cool old drawings from newspapers in the early days - just enough to whet our appetite - we should get 10 or 12. These and other art omissions are glaring, lazy, and absurd. I will say, I don't know if the author is to blame for this aspect of the book, I would be more inclined to cite the publisher, Anchor Canada, for failing to come up with an extra few thousand bucks to buy photo rights.
So. This is good book, a useful book, worth buying, that could have been great. To get a feel for the true meaning of hockey in Montreal (and in Canada overall) check out "The Game" by Ken Dryden and "The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey" by Todd Denault.