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  • The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey
  • By: Ken Dryden
  • Narrated by: Ken Dryden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Game Change

By: Ken Dryden
Narrated by: Ken Dryden
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR CANADIAN NON-FICTION
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From the bestselling 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

Critic reviews

"Game Change is excellent. Well written. Well researched. Well reasoned. Informative. Intriguing. Thought provoking.” (Bob McKenzie, TSN)

Game Change [is] a powerful and convincing examination of hockey's failure to address the growing issue of concussions.” (Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail)

"Game Change . . . is about the brain and head shots and concussions. But more than that, the thread that carries you through this well-crafted story is the life of Steve Montador . . . who was destroyed too young by injury and circumstance.” (Steve Simmons, Ottawa Citizen)

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Incredibly moving and informative story

This is the wonderful, moving and highly informative story of Steve Montador but also of the history and development of the game of hockey and of the future of players at risk of injuries. The book talks about what happens to the players once their shift has ended and after they have given so much to their teams.

It left me in tears more than once. I grew to care greatly for Monty and his tragic story was incredibly well written. This is a fantastic book. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Stunning

Ken as ever narrates in such a way that you just have to hear what he has written next. Extremely well researched and written this story mixes the life of a player with scientific fact, the history of hockey with opinions on how it could change for the better and the politics of the game and those in charge. This book was engaging from the start and the narration was brilliant. We knew the end would be sad but it was delivered in a way that it was part of an investigation with a point to it rather than just an account of a players sad end.

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