Ice Hockey Bibliography Abstracts
Basen, I. "Six brothers: hockey has always had a uncommon number of brother combinations, but it has never known a family quite like the Sutters of Viking, Alberta." Saturday Night. Vol 97, No.12. (December 1982) 65; 67-68.
"The Great One." The Thrill of Victory: Best Sports Stories from the Pages of Maclean's. Michael Benedict, 103-113. Toronto: Viking Canada, (2003).
AB: Provides a summary of the accomplishments of Wayne Gretzky to the sport of hockey as the Great One up until his retirement from the game as captured in an article in Maclean's magazine by James Deacon, written on April 26, 1999. The article commences with a look at his final game in Ottawa against the Senators and travels backwards in time with a reminiscent look back at his life and career.
"Canada Beats Russia in Thrilling Cup Final (1987)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 112-115. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: Working alongside other Canadian hockey greats like Mario Lemieux and Doug Gilmour, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductees Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier helped to prove to the world that Canada was back as the best team in the world.
"Canadian Men End Olympic Hockey Drought (2002)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 132-135. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: With a little superstitious help from the Edmonton ice-maker at the 2002 Winter Olympics who froze a loonie (Canadian $1 coin) under the Salt Lake City ice prior to the championship game, the solid administration of Wayne Gretzky and several Albertan players including Theo Fleury, Jarome Iginla and Ryan Smyth, the Canadian Men took Olympic gold in 2002.
"Edmonton Oilers Begin High-Octane Dynasty (1984)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 59. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: The 2001 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inducted Edmonton Oilers made hockey history in 1984 as they began their Cup-winning dynasty.
"Flames Beat Habs in All-Canadian Cup (1989)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 21. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: Looks at the amazing confrontation between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, highlighting Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductee Lanny McDonald's second period Game 6 goal to win the hockey's Cup.
"Gretzky Becomes NHL's Scoring King (1989)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 120-123. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: In an ironic twist of fate, recently traded hockey legend Wayne Gretzky scored his 1851st career point in Edmonton, playing against his former team.
"Gretzky Hits the Score Sheet in 51 Straight (1984)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 62. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: During the 1984 Edmonton Oilers run for their first Stanley Cup, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky set the incredible record of scoring at least one goal in fifty-one consecutive games, battling increasingly determined opponents, injury and time.
"Wayne Gretzky Reaches 50 Goals in 39 Games (1981)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 104-105. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: Proving what he was capable of just two seasons into his legendary career, Wayne Gretzky did what only two other players had done before; reached 50 goals in their teams' first fifty games and Gretzky did it with 11 to spare.
"Wayne Gretzky's 215-Point Masterpiece (1986)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 87. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: Scoring his 215th point in the 1985-1986 season, Gretzky re-established the single-season scoring record.
"Women's Hockey Strikes Olympic Gold (2002)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 77. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: Alberta Sport Hall of Fame and Museum inductee Hayley Wickenheiser and her team triumphed over their American counterparts to take the gold for Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Blatchford, Christie. "A Win When it Counts." The Way it Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports. Stephen Brunt. ed, 219-222. Toronto: A.A. Knopf Canada, (2004).
AB: This article recaps the gold winning game of the women's hockey team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductees Hayley Wickenheiser (2004) and Cassie Campbell (2007) are mentioned and quoted. Reprinted from National Post, February 22, 2002.
"Gretzky goes to Hollywood, August 1988." Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and other Alberta Stories. Brian Brennan, 155-160. Calgary: Fifth House, (2003).
AB: Follows the emotional sale of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angles Kings in 1988. This chapter includes highlights from Gretzky's personal and professional life up to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Brunt, Stephen. Gretzky's tears: hockey, Canada and the day everything changed. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2010.
AB: This book retells one of the most consequential moment hockey history. In 1988, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductee, Wayne Gretzky, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. Stephen Brunt narrates the foundations progress of the trade. The book continues with a look at Gretzky's first few years in Los Angeles, and an analysis of the long term implications of this trade and of those involved.
"Prairie Hockey." Montana Misadventures. Thomas Bullock, 139-180. Frederick/Baltimore, Maryland: PublishAmerica LLLP, (2006).
AB: In this chapter, the author recounts his childhood experiences playing hockey in Montana and southern Alberta during the Second World War. Included is mentioned of a dozen of his young friends from Canada including Carl Sorokoski, a member of the 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs who were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum of Fame and Museum in 1974, and Billy Gibson, who went on to win Olympic gold with the Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys in 1952.
"Running and skating to glory." Aberhart and the Alberta Insurrection [1935-1940]. Ted Byfield. ed, 167-168. Edmonton: CanMedia, Inc., (2006).
AB: This article is a brief reflection on the sporting endeavours and life of James (Buster) Brown, as told through his own recollections. Born in Edmonton in 1909, Brown became a star hockey player and sprinter, playing for the Gainers Superiors of the Western Canadian Men's Senior Hockey League and representing Canada on the track team at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Included are some photographs of Brown and the Edmonton Superiors at the World Championships.
"Hockey's final shining days." Brownlee and the Triumph of Populism. [1920-1930]. Ted Byfield. ed, 284-288. Edmonton: CanMedia, Inc., (2006).
AB: This brief article highlights the steady decline in popularity of regional hockey leagues such as the Pacific Coast or the Western Canadian with the onset of professionalism in the 1920s. The author attributes key factors such as the popularity of the radio, professionalism of the sport and the Great Depression as ultimate triggers of its demise. This article chronicles the last moments of the leagues including final Stanley Cup vies by the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Tigers as well as attempts made by key hockey figures such as Deacon White to form a lower-level professional league to be known as the Prairie Professional League to perpetuate the sport in Alberta. Yet, in 1927, with a lack of consistent financial and community support, the amateur leagues were dissolved, teams such as the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Tigers were sold off to NHL teams throughout Canada and the U.S. and cynicism over the new found precedence on revenue and expenditure as sport mandate resounded among sports enthusiasts.
Cassie, Campbell & Lorna Schultz Nicholson. H.E.A.R.T.. Bolton, ON: Fenn Publishing, 2007.
AB: Written by Cassie Campbell, a 13 season veteran of Team Canada and 2007 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductee, this self-help guide seeks to show hockey players and fans the traits it takes to become a world-class athlete. Compete with personal antidotes from Campbell's career, tips for aspiring athletes and excellent photography with captions from the author.
"The Thistle Rink." Best Edmonton Stories. Anthony Cashman, 71-72. Edmonton: Hurtig, (1976). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=7540.
AB: This story is part of a series originally compiled for a 1951 radio program on CJCA entitled, "Edmonton Stories." It is a reminiscent look back at the Thistle rink, as well as the South Side Covered rink and the intense level of competition and enthusiasm that the fans shared during the games, especially the hockey games and particularly between Strathcona and the hated Edmonton Thistles. This story also illustrates the community support for the arenas, as the neighboring hotels understood its importance for their business patronage, and so contributed to the building of Edmonton's first baseball park in 1907 known as Diamond Park.
Coleman, Jim. "Best in the West (Vancouver Daily Province, January 6, 1940)." The Best of Jim Coleman: Fifty years of Canadian Sport from the Man Who saw it All. Jim Taylor. comp, 22-24. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, (2005).
AB: The author relates the story of an intense hockey game in Bassano, Alberta between the Bassano hockey team and the Calgarys. At this stop on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Sam Whiting established and promoted his Bassano hockey team. This particular game, almost called due to the shenanigans of a Bassano fan, was eventually won by Calgarys with their star players the Cook brothers from Taber.