Bibliographic Details

Lords of the rinks : the emergence of the National Hockey League, 1875-1936 / John Chi-Kit Wong.

Author / Creator Wong, John Chi-Kit, 1955-
Imprint Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2005.
Description viii, 235 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject National Hockey League -- History.
National Hockey League.
Hockey -- Canada -- History.
Hockey -- United States -- History.
United States.
Format Print, Book
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ISBN 0802037259 (bound) : $63.00
0802085202 (pbk.) : $30.50
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

This is one of the few books to focus entirely on the early years of hockey, from its seminal roots in upper-class gentlemen's clubs to the post-Depression solidifying of shifting league alliances into the foundation of the modern NHL. Wong (sports management, Washington State Univ.) dug deep into the past of professional hockey to produce this book, which is thoroughly researched and scholarly (endnotes run to nearly 50 pages) and highly readable. Major topics include the establishment of minor leagues; expansion of the professional game into the Great Lakes region; professional league rivalries; and development of the professional game by region (Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, etc.). Complementing the narrative are appendixes devoted to the first formal rules of hockey (1877); Stanley Cup regulations; the constitution of the National Hockey Association, founded in 1910 and precursor of the NHL; and early attendance numbers. The book offers 24 pages of black-and-white photographs, including a memorable one of an 1884 hockey game at McGill University. Although not intended for casual readers, this book will be indispensable to anyone with an interest in the early history of professional sports in the US. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. M. P. Tosko University of Akron

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