This book, Hockey: A Global History, by Stephen Hardy and Andrew C. Holman, is a book that many hockey have been waiting for and now will cherish. The contents deal with world issues that played out on the ice. Events like the Cold War that held the world in its grips with the Summit Series in 1972. Then the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, then the mass exodus from Russian players to Detroit at the time of the Fall of Soviet Union.

The authors take us back to the earliest recollections and recorded the history of the game of hockey. They trace the roots of the games and pinpoint several spots around the world that stake claims for the birthplace of the game. They delve into the game in all areas of the world including Canada and the United States along with how the game began in Europe and Asia. They leave no stone unturned in their quest to reach the beginning.

Every area is exposed and the key figures to the game are identified with key places along the path to a popular sport. If you are a hockey fan, this is an important book to use to come to grips with the state of the game. This is a book that should be on every bookshelf for sports fans and a definite must for hockey aficionados.

I would like to thank the University of Illinois Press for the chance to write a fair and honest book review in exchange for the book.

About the Authors:

Stephen Hardy is a retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.  His publications include Sport Marketing, Fourth Edition and How Boston Player:  Sport, Recreation, and CommunityAndrew C. Holman is a professor of history and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University.  His publications include Canada’s Game: Hockey and Identity and The Same but Different: Hockey in Quebec.