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.
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
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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