OTTAWA Ė On Saturday, January 3, between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, a book signing for the new Fenn Publishing release, IIHF Top 100 Stories of All-Time, will take place at the Aberdeen Pavilion outside the Civic Centre. Co-author Andrew Podnieks will be on hand to autograph copies of this essential document of international hockey history. It's the perfect time and place to pick up your own copy.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary season of the IIHF, authors Podnieks and Szymon Szemberg have produced a book which covers all major events of the 2007-08 season. From the outdoor rink at its offices, to the World Championships held in Canada for the first time, right through to the Victoria Cup game in October 2008, this book details the most important season of international hockey. The highlight of the book is a documentation of the Top 100 stories of all-time which first appeared in serial form on IIHF.com throughout this past season. Rich with colour photographs to complement a vivid account of the IIHFís celebration, this is a keepsake for all fans of the international game.
The book is now available in stores throughout Canada or by mail order at chapters.indigo.ca.
The following review was recently published by the New York Times:
ďI.I.H.F. Top 100 Stories of All-Time,Ē by Szymon Szemberg and Andrew Podnieks (Fenn, $24.94 Cdn) If youíre a regular reader of this blog, you know that one of our missions has been to cover the international game. And if you donít have much of a handle on the landmark historic moments in international competition, you could not ask for a better introduction than this book. Coinciding with the I.I.H.Fís 100th anniversary, the sweep of events covered is obviously long, but itís also admirably broad, including tales from the Olympics, World Championship, World Junior, unique encounters like the Canada Cup, menís and womenís competitions and more. More? Yes, like making story No. 99 Connie Brodenís feat of being the only man to win the World Championship and Stanley Cup in the same season. Itís fun, historic and debate-worthy, as any ranking of things is. (The 1980 U.S. Olympic Miracle on Ice is No. 1, in case youíre curious.) But you can forget the hierarchy and just read this as an authoritative but easily digestible overview of the global game and its highest highlights. No real hockey library should be without this.