Game Change

Game Change

The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey

Book - 2017
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The story of hockey player Steve Montador, who passed away at the age of 35, a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Signal,, 2017
ISBN: 9780771027475
0771027478
Branch Call Number: 796.96209 Monta -D
Characteristics: 357 pages

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sallyd99
Aug 04, 2019

This book is compelling reading. I'm not a big hockey fan but I couldn't put this book down. Steve Montador is such a loveable man and Dryden brings him to life in such a way that we really care about what is happening to "Monty". This book provides deep insight into why athletes continue to play, even when we think their injury is too serious and want to shake our heads at why the heck a pro athlete would risk it.
Absolutely loved this, and hate Gary Bettman even more after reading this. I don't know how that man sleeps at night.

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Arwinstein
Jul 23, 2018

Excellent book. Also provides a moving account on why somebody would keep playing hockey despite the pain and injuries. This is a must read for any sports lover, the fallout from CTE is going to affect many sports in the years to come.

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MikeHanafin
Jul 21, 2018

This is the most important hockey book (and maybe sports book) in a generation, and an absolute must-read for any hockey fan, or sports fan. You’ll likely never watch the game the same after reading it. Or think about concussions and CTE (a brain disease linked to concussions).
And the last 50+ pages are Dryden’s impassioned plea to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to take action—action only Bettman can spearhead, but has so-far been reluctant to act on seriously—to change the game’s rules to truly protect players from concussions. Just two rules. Bettman instead sounds like a climate-change denier waiting for “the science to come in”.
Dryden’s incredibly well-researched story on Montador’s life, career, concussions, and concussion-related death is gripping from start to finish (Montador’s family co-operated fully, even allowing access to his personal journal/diary). I was left so many times asking “How/why did doctors keep allowing him to play???”
Read it, and if you ever hear someone (Bettman, or any other NHL official) deny the absolute connection between concussions and CTE, you’ll know they haven’t read this book.

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soibhan
Jan 22, 2018

An important book with a message that needs implementing before more lives are wasted. There should be no need for goons or head hits in such a wonderful game. I hope Dryden and other credible advocates relentlessly pursue Bettman until he does the right thing.

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paulbifford
Dec 04, 2017

Lifelong hockey fan, and this book changed my view on 'finishing your check'

debwalker Aug 19, 2017

CTE in the NHL. By one of the greats.

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