From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL-- the Untold Story of Hockey's Great EscapesBook - 2012
Until the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union, athletes in Eastern Europe were prized as national heroes and afforded relative luxuries compared to other citizens. they still lived under the heel of a system that punished even the slightest transgressions or resistance to authority. Risking imprisonment, retaliation against their families, or worse, a slow trickle of extremely talented hockey players defected to the West, seeking a life in North America with the NHL that they couldn't achieve elsewhere. Tal Pinchevsky traces their lives and the paths and dangers they faced, based on interviews he conducted with the players, their families, and the many people who helped them to break away.
Publisher: Mississauga, Ont. : John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., 
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: 796.962 P651
Characteristics: xiii, 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm