Mandatory reading for hockey dads..... perhaps Tim Horton's could print excerpts on their coffee cups? Seriously though, I think every sports fan should read this, especially if you have ever enjoyed listening to Don Cherry like I did throughout the 90's.
I especially appreciate that Dryden's message is not one of condmenation of hockey, but a vision for the sport with a brighter future for the players off the ice. Brain injuries don't have to be "part of the game".
Excellent book. Also provides a moving account on why somebody would keep playing hockey despite the pain and injuries. This is a must read for any sports lover, the fallout from CTE is going to affect many sports in the years to come.
This is the most important hockey book (and maybe sports book) in a generation, and an absolute must-read for any hockey fan, or sports fan. You’ll likely never watch the game the same after reading it. Or think about concussions and CTE (a brain disease linked to concussions).
And the last 50+ pages are Dryden’s impassioned plea to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to take action—action only Bettman can spearhead, but has so-far been reluctant to act on seriously—to change the game’s rules to truly protect players from concussions. Just two rules. Bettman instead sounds like a climate-change denier waiting for “the science to come in”.
Dryden’s incredibly well-researched story on Montador’s life, career, concussions, and concussion-related death is gripping from start to finish (Montador’s family co-operated fully, even allowing access to his personal journal/diary). I was left so many times asking “How/why did doctors keep allowing him to play???”
Read it, and if you ever hear someone (Bettman, or any other NHL official) deny the absolute connection between concussions and CTE, you’ll know they haven’t read this book.
An important book with a message that needs implementing before more lives are wasted. There should be no need for goons or head hits in such a wonderful game. I hope Dryden and other credible advocates relentlessly pursue Bettman until he does the right thing.
Lifelong hockey fan, and this book changed my view on 'finishing your check'
CTE in the NHL. By one of the greats.
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