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From The Best Selling Author And Hall Of Famer Ken Dryden, This Is The Story Of NHLer Steve Montador Who Was Diagnosed With CTE After His Death In 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 Dryden s biography of Steve Montador, and of the game of hockey itself, is a worthy successor to his classic The Game and a solemn accounting of the ongoing brain injury crisis in sport Ending with a call to action to Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League, Dryden brings his years of experience as a student and player to bear as he demands reforms to ensure hockey players can maintain normal lives after their playing careers.The loss of Montador, and Derek Boogard, and Wade Belak, and the shortened careers of several other NHL players, should serve as a wake up call to Bettman and the league that all is not well, and that the sport s survival depends on admitting the obvious correlation between hits to the head and CTE, and reforms are needed to mitigate that risk. My first thought after reading the jacket blurb How can you wrap an entire book around this topic My second thought Well, it is Ken Dryden, so I ll probably learn at least a little something And did I ever Not only about the medical aspects of head injury who knew that helmets do nothing to prevent concussions but also about the history of protective equipment, and the evolution of the game from its comparatively mild early days to what s almost a maniacal video game on ice today Then there are the fascinating insights into the culture of the game the players, their families, the owners, the commissioner, and the league itself I thought Dryden had wrung out every ounce of that in his other books, but the well was obviously far from dry Good stuff between the covers of this one. If you want to understand the the symptoms and signs of CTE through the eyes of a fellow hockey player this is a great read At times Ken Dryden seems to be all over the place but then it occurs to you that this is exactly what Steve Montador must have been feeling like You come away seriously wanting to tell every Junior player to watch what they eat, decrease their alcohol consumption and to stay away from street drugs and narcotics as well.