The Detroit Red Wings tells how this team began in Canada, moved to Detroit in 1927, and finally emerged as the Red Wings in 1932. Fans called their rink the “Big Old Red Barn.” In 1979, the team moved into the new Joe Louis Arena which cost $57 million to build. A touching photo of Vladimir Konstantinov shows the injured player on the ice in a wheelchair, cradling the Stanley Cup. The Montreal Canadiens profiles the team’s rich history from 1909 to the present. Their twenty -four Stanley Cup trophies make them the most successful team in professional hockey. “Go-to Guys” include hockey legends such as Maurice Richard and Alexei Kovalev. A 1920’s gum card of Howie Morenz appears opposite Brian Gionta in a current uniform and illustrates major equipment changes.The New York Rangers delves into the team’s struggles in a very competitive sports market. In 1994, after a fifty-four year drought, Coach “Iron Mike” Keenan led the Rangers to a Stanley Cup Victory. Mike Richter was the goalie but the “Great Debates” chapter questions whether he or “Steady Eddie” Giacomin was the best goalie. Former goalie Gump Worsley states, “The only job worse is javelin-catcher at a track and field meet!”
Each book in the series relates the story of one National Hockey League team and contains seventeen identically titled chapters full of dramatic photos and easy-to-read prose. “We Won,” outlines Stanley Cup successes. “Fun Facts” shares off-beat tidbits—Gordie Howe skated one shift at age 69. “Pinpoints” uses a world map to show the team’s location and the birthplaces of players. “Line Change” chapters provide websites and resources for ongoing information. Throughout, unfamiliar vocabulary and sports terminology are highlighted and defined in the glossary. Young fans of ice hockey will welcome this well-done series.
VOYA, December 2014