The Battle of Alberta

The Battle of Alberta

The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames

Book - 2015
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An up-close look at the rivalry between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, told from the perspective of those that were there. Sports writer and on-air personality Mark Spector pays tribute to the province's hockey heyday with a unique blend of humour and homage.

"I hated every single guy on the Oilers, 'cause they all hated me." --Tim Hunter, the Calgary Flames

In the 1980s, the province of Alberta was home to the two best hockey teams in the NHL. Aptly dubbed "Death Valley" due to the sheer talent and ability of its players, the province not only begat rivalry with other NHL teams, but also sparked fierce competition within its own borders. Thus began The Battle of Alberta, the historic struggle between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames.
In The Battle of Alberta , veteran sports journalist Mark Spector presents homage to Albertan hockey, and the two teams that inspired one of the most bitter competitions in NHL history. Through exclusive interviews with coaches, trainers, and players, Spector provides an unbiased, often hilarious look at the brawls, the clashes, and the schemes.
A chronicle of an unforgettable time in hockey history (filled with never-before-seen photographs), The Battle of Alberta is guaranteed to entertain fans and educate newcomers alike.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780771078064
Branch Call Number: 796.962 SPE
Characteristics: xiii, 279 pages

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kathy10705
Jul 13, 2016

This one I can't rationalize finishing even though I wanted to read all the Alberta contenders. A bunch of grown men fist fighting and having hatred...because of a sport.

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trevorhillier1985
Jan 04, 2016

very well written but would have like more notes on the modern battle and the likes of Smyth and Kiprusoff and their great play in the 2000's battle of Alberta. There was more to it than just slugging it out in the 80's and some of it gets lost in the "dead puck era" but there are still stories to be told

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Nov 21, 2015

In baseball, you had the Yankees versus the Red Sox. But for hockey fans during the 1980s, the hottest rivalry was between the Oilers and the Flames - also known as the Battle of Alberta. With a plethora of hall-of-fame players that included Gretzky, Messier, McDonald, Coffey, etc.., anytime these two teams met, it was truly a must-see-event. And to think, they both built their respective dynasties not by opening up their wallets but through smart draft picks and by scouting the often overlooked NCAA. What I really liked about this book was that the author provided some much needed context for fans who didn't grow up in the pre-TSN, pre-Internet and pre-Center Ice era. Back when newspapers broke stories and some viewers only got one televised game a week, most people living outside Alberta unfortunately never got to see some of these memorable battles that were full of brilliant scoring and brutal hits long before the instigator rule was put into place. The author - who covered the Battle extensively - is clearly passionate about the subject and it shows.

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