Reviewed in Canada on November 30, 2020
Sports Pro Ray Walker steps onto the ice as a sports enthusiast and data expert with this fresh compendium of entertaining and illuminating facts about the Montreal Canadiens. Though everyone knows the team, even those us who are not baseball aficionados, this well written book flows with facts and trivia that both amaze and entertain. Ray has also written CRAZY SPORTS STORIES, and this book continues his series of Sports Trivia books that include the New York Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys, the Boston Bruins, the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos, the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Tigers, the Texas Rangers, the New York Rangers, the Boston Red Sox, the Colorado Avalanche, and now the Montreal Canadiens - so it becomes readily apparent that not only is his knowledge of hockey keen, but also baseball and football.
In his introductory comments Ray states, ‘With a rich, successful history in the National Hockey League, the Canadiens have inspired their supporters to strive for greatness with their tradition of colorful players, memorable eras, big moves, and unique moments…Oh, for the record, information and statistics in this book are current up to the beginning of 2020. The Canadiens will surely topple more records and win more awards as the seasons pass, so keep this in mind when you’re watching the next game with your friends, and someone starts a conversation with “Did you know…?’
With that impetus for learning some of the facts about this team, the session (aka ‘game’) begins. Each chapter – Origins and History, Jerseys & Numbers, Catchy Nicknames, The Captain Class, Statistically Speaking, The Trade Market, Draft Day, Goaltender Tidbits, On the Blue Line, Centers of Attention, The Wingers Take Flight, Coaches GMs & Owners, and The Awards Section - is delivered in the form of quiz questions followed (of course) by quiz answers and embellished by even more trivia in a Did You Know? section.
For knowledgeable hockey fans and those who would like to become knowledgeable, this book is a fine resource. Impress friends and acquaintances with in depth knowledge of this special sport. Grady Harp, November 20