In an announcement made by the publisher of Stephen Harper’s long-anticipated hockey history book, Simon & Schuster, it has been unveiled that the book will be released on November 5 and will be titled “A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey.” The newly released title indicates that the book will be of particular interest to Toronto Maple Leafs fans. According to Simon & Schuster Canada, the book will concentrate into the history behind early professional teams who were precursors to the Leafs in Toronto. The announcement made on Wednesday included the books title, release date and cover photo.
This book has undoubtedly been a long coming deed by Canada’s current Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who as a hockey buff began the book in 2004 before becoming Prime Minister. According to the praises made during the announcement of Simon & Schuster, it was alleged that the book “tells of the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who built the game, and the rise and fall of legendary teams pursuing the Stanley Cup.”
The publisher added that “a century ago, rinks could melt, and by half time the blades screwed to the players’ shoes could be sinking in mud.” Simon & Schuster further elucidated that “it was during this period that the unsuccessful Toronto Professionals of 1908 and the victorious Toronto Blue Shirts of 1914 battled for the city’s very first Stanley Cup. Against the fanatical opposition of amateur hockey leaders, these ‘forgotten Leafs’ would lay the groundwork for the world’s most profitable hockey franchise.”
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