Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL--The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes

Breakaway From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL The Untold Story of Hockey s Great Escapes From behind the Iron Curtain onto hockey s biggest stageThe incredible true story of the trailblazing men who risked everything to pass through the Iron Curtain and become NHL superstars Breakaway is

  • Title: Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL--The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes
  • Author: Tal Pinchevsky
  • ISBN: 9781118095003
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From behind the Iron Curtain onto hockey s biggest stageThe incredible true story of the trailblazing men who risked everything to pass through the Iron Curtain and become NHL superstars, Breakaway is a thrilling look at the untold stories that changed hockey forever From midnight meetings in secluded forests, to evading capture by military and police forces, this is thFrom behind the Iron Curtain onto hockey s biggest stageThe incredible true story of the trailblazing men who risked everything to pass through the Iron Curtain and become NHL superstars, Breakaway is a thrilling look at the untold stories that changed hockey forever From midnight meetings in secluded forests, to evading capture by military and police forces, this is the story of the brave players whose passion of the game trumped all.Featuring exclusive interviews with the legends of the ice who put everything on the line just for the chance to play on the world s greatest stage, many of them speaking about their experiences for the very first time, the book looks at how Peter Stastny, Igor Larionov, Petr Klima, Petr Nedved, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Alexander Mogilny, and other hockey superstars captured the imaginations of fans around the world.The remarkable true story of some of the true pioneers of hockey, told for the very first time, often in the players own wordsA fascinating look behind the Iron Curtain and the trials these brave men endured for a taste of freedom, through their love of the gameLooks at how some of the NHL s greatest players made it onto North American iceAs much a tale of espionage and social history as a gripping hockey chronicle, Breakaway sheds light on the untold stories of some of the sports most inspiring heroes.

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    1. Super compelling! A little too into capitalism and the ideology of "freedom" for my taste but the narrative flows really well and all the players' stories feel honestly rendered along with being just FUCKING WILD.

    2. This looks at the several cases of players from the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia who defected to the NHL throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Looking at them on a case-by-case basis and often based on interviews with the players themselves, or the people who helped, he gets into the minute details of how each player made the choice to defect, and how they organised it and ultimately arrived. He also considers the wider scope of the issue by noting the political climate of both countries, and how i [...]

    3. This is a book that needed to be written. And I hope it's translated into every language that covers Europe, but especially the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia. It's been twenty years now since the fall of the Soviets, and with time, memory fades. Books like Breakaway keep the Western Memory refreshed. I'm sure Eastern Europe doesn't forget, but for the new generation just now finding the sport of hockey will need this resource to understand exactly how free they are now. (view spoiler)[I d [...]

    4. There are some parts of this book that deserve a perfect five star rating and some others that are lacking a bit. So, I suppose it's more of a 3.5 star book than 4 but we do have to round up around here.One can certainly only applaud the author for all the care he took in writing out the statistics of each player and describing their evolution and adaptation (or lack thereof) to the world of the NHL. Sometimes though I did not quite understand the logic in the order of the presentation of the pl [...]

    5. Well researched with a clear love for the subject matter Breakaway documents the Iron Curtain-busting exploits of the first waves of Eastern European hockey players to land in the NHL. From the first notable defectee, Vaclac Nedomansky, in the 70s down to the last in Canucks' biggest mistake Petr Nedved,Pinchevsky does an excellent job tracking down most of the key figures in what became a mini-industry of player smuggling. The book is more of an international spy thriller than a hockey story - [...]

    6. My rating system is as follows: 1 star = couldn't even finish it; 2 stars = read it, but couldn't wait for it to be over; 3 stars = enjoyed it; 4 stars = so good, I'm telling everyone to read it; 5 stars = mind blown, my life will never be the same. So far, only one book has ever earned all 5 stars; Watership Down. So for me to give Breakaway 4 stars means you should listen up!This book is not only interesting if you're a hockey fan, but also if you like history. Double bonus if you enjoy hockey [...]

    7. One of the best books on hockey I've read so far, right up there with the Game by Ken Dryden. Gives a very deep insight into the former Eastern Block players who risked everything to play in the NHL. From the first Czech dissidents Nedomansky and the Stastny brothers, right through the greatest Soviet players: Fetisov, Larionov, Fedorov. I really enjoyed their stories, especially of those players that I had the privilege to see such as the famous Red Army line of the Detroit Red Wings. It also g [...]

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