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Summit Series '72

Eight games that put Canada on top of world hockey

By Richard Brignall

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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It wasn't until Canadian teams started losing in international tournaments in the mid 1950s that an epic hockey rivalry between Canada and the Soviet Union began. Canadians believed hockey was
"their game." So Canadians were in for a rude awakening when they lost Game One of the 1972 Summit Series to the Soviets. The eight-game tournament quickly became a "war on ice" fuelled by
competing Cold War ideologies. Hockey fans will enjoy reading about: small-town teams that represented Canada in international tournaments before there was a Team Canada; Father David Bauer and the first National Hockey Team; the birth of Hockey Canada; Canada and the Cold War; Canadian style of play in hockey versus the Russian style of play; and Bobby Clarke's dirty slash on Kharlamov.


Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links - 2012

"Not only was Summit Series a lesson in Canadian hockey history, it was a lesson in Cold War history. Like many of the books in the RecordBooks series, Brignall and his editors used text boxes to call out interesting information as well as to explain less familiar concepts."

- Rebecca Dobrinski

Rated E - Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!
Lorimer's non-fiction series Recordbooks is designed to help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of an actual sports hero. The hero in this case is hockey...
This book is a well-paced and deceptively informative read and need not restrict itself to those who are reluctant readers.

- Lesley Little Resource Links

"...well-written, well-suited to the intended audience and ideal for recreational reading...The sidebars dealing with politics give a brief history of the relations between the Soviet Bloc and the West during the post Second World War period. This is accurate and interesting and useful to young readers who may never have heard of Communism or the Soviet Union. They should provoke some interesting questions....his style is perfect for the targetted audience."

- Thomas F. Chambers CM: Canadian Review fo Materials

"... a good introduction for new generations of fans looking to learn about one of hockey's most important events."

- Joe Pelletier

"The writing is accessible for intermediate level students but the text would also be a good starting point for high school assignments dealing with identity/heritage in 20th century courses."

- George Sheppard Canadian Teacher

Writer and former sports reporter RICHARD BRIGNALL lives in Kenora, Ontario. He is the author of several other titles in the Recordbooks series, including Fearless, Big Train, Forever Champions,
Big League Dreams, and China Clipper. His also a frequent contributor to Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 152 pages
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
ISBN: 9781552778838
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 152 pages
Publication Date: 27th September 2011
ISBN: 9781552778845
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 28th June 2012
ISBN: 9781552778852
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JNF025050, JNF054070, SPO019000
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.0
Lexile Reading Level: 780L


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  • Writing with a flair for making history feel like novels
  • Accompanied by historical photos and sports trivia

"Historic photos and short chapters promise to make the book palatable for reluctant readers."
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"Kids who like 'infotainment' will be drawn to these books that read like a novel but includes fact boxes, photographs and a glossary." —CM Magazine

Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero. Showing the process of social change on issues like racism, diversity and conflict, these books engage and provide historical context by telling the often-heroic story of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them.