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The Last Hockey Game (eBOOK)
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The Last Hockey Game (eBOOK)

Shortlisted, Toronto Book Awards

On May 2, 1967, Montreal and Toronto faced each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. This was only the fifth time the teams had ever played each other in the Stanley Cup finals. Toronto led the series 3-2.

But this wasn't simply a game. From the moment Foster Hewitt announced "Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States," the game became a turning point in sports history. That night, the Leafs would win the Cup. The next season, the National Hockey League would expand to twelve teams. Players would form an association to begin collective bargaining. Hockey would become big business. The NHL of the "Original Six" would be a thing of the past.

It was The Last Hockey Game.

Placing us in the announcers' booth, in the seats of excited fans, and in the skates of the players, Bruce McDougall scores with a spectacular account of every facet of that final fateful match. As we meet players such as Gump Worsley, Tim Horton, Terry Sawchuk, and Eddie Shack, as well as coaches, owners, and fans, The Last Hockey Game becomes more than a story of a game. It also becomes an elegy, a lament for an age when, for all its many problems, the game was played for the love of it.


Bruce McDougall saw his first NHL game at Maple Leaf Gardens between the Canadiens and the Leafs in 1955. He is the author of sixteen books of non-fiction, including biographies of Ted Rogers and Edgar Bronfman Jr. His debut story collection, Every Minute is a Suicide was released in the fall of 2014.

Shortlisted: Toronto Book Awards
320 pages
Pub date: October 28, 2014