Canadiens Legends: Montreal's Hockey Heroes

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Raincoast Books, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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Like baseball's New York Yankees and basketball's Boston Celtics, hockey's Montreal Canadiens are the most storied franchise in their sport. Winners of the Stanley Cup 24 times, the team's legend encompasses such superstars as Howie Morenz in the early days, Rocket Richard in the 1950s, and Guy Lafleur in the 1970s. Well-known sportswriter Mike Leonetti lovingly details that history, with nearly 100 player profiles and more than 300 historic and contemporary photos. This lavishly illustrated look at Montreal's hockey heroes from 1909 to 2004 also includes guest essays by Dave Stubbs, Frank Orr, and Red Fisher.

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Although hockey has achieved worldwide popularity, it originated in Canada. Mike Leonetti helps carry on the Canadian hockey heritage through his writing. Leonetti lives in Toronto and demonstrates his familiarity with professional hockey history in that city through such books as The Toronto Maple Leaf Trivia Book. The author also shows his expertise and great interest in the pre-expansion, pre-1967 seasons of the National Hockey League through such writings as Hockey's Golden Era, which focuses heavily on specific, and famous, hockey player personalities from the era of the sport's "original six" teams--Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, New York, and Detroit. Mike Leonetti has also ensured a place for himself in current hockey tradition through his work on Hockey Year Calendar, which he began in 1989.

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