Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey Ken Dryden 2
Game Change is the 5th book written by former ice hockey goaltender Ken Dryden. Published in 2017, the book is a non-fiction account of the life and death of Steve Montador and the future of hockey.
Following Montador's death it was discovered that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Through the lens of Montador's death, Dryden connects the current game to the past while attempting to suggest the way forward for hockey in the future.
Perhaps the NHL, players, and alumni can find a way to re-balance the historic compromise between performance and safety. While protecting the current generation of players is important, perhaps more important is protecting the youth who look to them as heroes. Steve Montador is not the last player to have suffered head trauma from hockey and been unable to get his life on track. Ken Dryden has done a remarkable job of linking the game we love with outcomes we can no longer ignore.Categories Hockey Books Tags Gary Bettman, Ken Dryden, Steve Montador, Top StoryGive Rodrigues & Eichel a Chance to Recapture MagicHow the Red Wings Should Proceed with MrazekSearch THW
\"Two things have changed,\" Dryden told me this week. \"First, we know much better now the risks to a young and growing brain. We know that brain injuries can more easily and significantly set back a child's development. The other change is in the game itself. Whereas once the NHL game was based much more on crashing and hitting, now it is much more based on skill, on skating and puckhandling, and on coming up with new creative moments in the game. Given these changes, what kind of youth hockey prepares kids for this game? In fact, early body contact gets in the way of the development we need for the game we now play, and will play even more in the future. This new game requires of the players the full capacities of their legs, their hands and their brains.\"
From the best-selling author and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this is the story of NHLer Steve Montador - who was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015 - the remarkable evolution of hockey itself, and a passionate prescriptive to counter its greatest risk in the future: head injuries.
Ken Dryden's The Game is acknowledged as the best book about hockey and one of the best books about sports ever written. Then came Home Game (with Roy MacGregor), also a major TV series, in which he explored hockey's significance and what it means to Canada and Canadians. Now, in his most powerful and important book yet, Game Change, Ken Dryden tells the riveting story of one player's life, examines the intersection between science and sport, and expertly documents the progression of the game of hockey - where it began, how it got to where it is, where it can go from here, and, just as exciting to play and watch, how it can get there.
In his most powerful and important book yet, Game Change, Ken Dryden tells the riveting story of one player's life, examines the intersection between science and sport, and expertly documents the progression of the game of hockey - where it began, how it got to where it is, where it can go from here, and, just as exciting to play and watch, how it can get there.
The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill, and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a player makes an impossible play, or shatters a longstanding record, or sobs into his first Stanley Cup. The next, everyone's wearing earmuffs, Mr. Rogers has shown up, and guys in yellow raincoats are officiating playoff games while everyone tries to figure out where the league president went. That's just life in the NHL, a league that often can't seem to get out of its own way. No matter how long you've been a hockey fan, you know that sinking feeling that maybe, just maybe, some of the people in charge here don't actually know what they're doing. And at some point, you've probably wondered: Has it always been this way?