Game Change

Game Change

The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey

Book - 2017
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First, Ken Dryden articulated our undying love for hockey in The Game , one of the best books ever written on the sport. Then he spoke to our national pride and examined what hockey really means to Canadians in Home Game . Now, in his most daring and powerful work yet, the NHL Hall-of-Famer and former MP issues a challenge to make hockey safer, or risk losing it altogether.

Bobby Orr. Gordie Howe. Wayne Gretzky. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, these names mean something to you. They show that a single player can, and often has, changed the game for the better. Hockey is now more skilled and more tactful and, like pro football and basketball, the players are bigger, stronger, and faster. This is the game that Steve Montador gave his life to.

Steve was never the fastest, the strongest, or the most skilled player on the ice. He was never a star. But yet, he changed the game as we know it when he was found dead at the age of 35, later diagnosed with CTE-the result of multiple concussions he sustained throughout his playing career.

With extensive research and insightful interviews with friends and former players such as Rhett Warrener, Marc Savard, Keith Primeau, as well as with leading figures in the fields of neurobiology and sports concussions, Ken Dryden tells the remarkable life story of an unremarkable journeyman NHL defenseman-a life story that brings to the fore the underlying concerns of the way we play hockey at all levels. In the end, Dryden outlines a plan directed to players, fans, parents, and most of all to decision makers at the NHL, that can make the sport safer for everyone, without sacrificing the integrity of the game.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Signal, McClelland & Stewart, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780771027475
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 04, 2019

This book is compelling reading. I'm not a big hockey fan but I couldn't put this book down. Steve Montador is such a loveable man and Dryden brings him to life in such a way that we really care about what is happening to "Monty". This book provides deep insight into why athletes continue to play, even when we think their injury is too serious and want to shake our heads at why the heck a pro athlete would risk it.
Absolutely loved this, and hate Gary Bettman even more after reading this. I don't know how that man sleeps at night.

Jul 23, 2018

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.

Jul 21, 2018

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.

Jan 22, 2018

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.

Dec 04, 2017

Lifelong hockey fan, and this book changed my view on 'finishing your check'

debwalker Aug 19, 2017

CTE in the NHL. By one of the greats.

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