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Game Change

The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey
Written by: Ken Dryden
Narrated by: Ken Dryden
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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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. 

©2017 Ken Dryden (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

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Compelling story that demands change from the NHL

Dryden tells a compelling story that his voice truly brings to life. He knows intimately of what he speaks because he has been there and done that. His love for the game, the players, the tradition is what drives him to tell a story that demands change in hockey. Every time I turn on the TV to watch the leafs or habs, I contemplate the storytelling and ponder what everlasting damage is being done each game night.

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Ken Dryden is a great orator

Hearing a former hockey player emotively read his own words about the game gives more flavour and context to the work. The words rise from the page.

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Great book

This is a great book! Very interesting and educational on not only hockey but some of the struggles some players go through after the hockey life!
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Interesting read.

Long time hockey fan here.This book has definitely change the way I perceive the game.

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A Better Read than Listen

I listened to the audio book, however, I think I would have preferred to read this one. The reason being is that Dryden overuses a lot of description to make his point. (I could have skimmed that if I was reading the book). It is written like a legal argument where he builds his case supported by facts and testimony before finally getting to his closing arguments. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I quite often said to myself, 'get to the point, Ken,' while listening to it.

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Great narrator, amazing story.

I’m not certain I would have finished this book if I’d been reading it myself because it’s very long. But listening to Ken Dryden read it was fantastic. His passion comes through. His analysis and insights of the game are thought-provoking; the personal stories he has unearthed are very interesting; and the scientific aspects were incredibly eye-opening. Very glad I listened to this book.

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outstanding read, or listen

very interesting book. as a hockey lover i never knew just how much concussions affected thise playing and those around it.

real eye opener

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  • Benedetto Manzella
  • Los Angeles
  • 2018-11-24

Thinking Time

It’s difficult to describe how important this book is to me. As a lifelong hockey fan, former player, and as someone currently recovering from a concussion; this has allowed me to hear perspective on my favorite sport and allow me to feel a level of comfort about my condition that I didn’t think was possible. Mr. Dryden is an impressive author and his narration is incredibly engaging.

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  • Phil
  • 2018-01-01

Great Book!

Must read for Hockey fans. Ken does awesome job as narrator. Ken’s knowledge of hockey and the NHL was great to learn.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-03

insightful

Hockey fans will love this book. Everyone who reads this will learn about the passion and motivation that drives the players. You will also see that the league is working to prevent brain injury. Hopefully anyone who has assumptions about the sport will read this.

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  • Michael McDonald
  • 2019-06-08

changed how I look at hockey.

I will forever love the sport of hockey. This book forever changed how I will see it.

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  • hairbear2012
  • 2018-08-19

The best book about hockey concussions <br />

The book tells the story Steve monador and his rise to professional hockey and struggle with brain injuries and the social impact on him and his friends and family. The progression on hockey is outlined and how to change the game so it can continue with further damage to it's players

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  • Janet D
  • 2018-07-22

Meet Steve Montador..

Mourn Steve Montador. Another crucial hockey classic from Ken Dryden. If you missed The Game, the 20th Anniversary edition is an Audible exclusive!

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  • Daniele
  • Kenosha, WI USA
  • 2018-05-31

great!

this was a great hockey book. great job ken dryden! i hope to see more hockey books soon

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  • David B.
  • 2018-04-05

Extremely enjoyable

Must read/listen for any hockey fan. I learned quite a bit. Mr. Dryden did some amazing research into this book. Lots of information , some of it is troubling. Ken Dryden narrating the book makes it even more enjoyable.

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  • Teripsu94
  • 2018-03-30

Very informative and intriguing

Was a great listen. Gave a great history of hockey which I enjoyed. Definitely make a case for why things need to change in hockey. I am a huge hockey fan and really enjoyed hearing about players past and present. Can't go wrong with this one! Nice job Ken.