Eric Zweig is a managing editor with Dan Diamond & Associates, the producers of the annual National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book since 1984. Eric's books include Twenty Greatest Hockey Goals, Fever Season, Stanley Cup: 120 years of Hockey Supremacy and The Big Book of Hockey for Kids. He lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.
The first authorized biography of Art Ross, Hockey Hall of Famer, NHL founding father, and long-time member of the Boston Bruins.
Though he last played the game nearly one hundred years ago, Art Ross remains connected with the greatest stars in hockey. Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and Sidney Crosby have all won the award that bears his name, the trophy given annually to the NHL’s top scorer. Ross himself managed just one goal during his NHL career; however, in the dozen years leading up to the formation of the NHL in 1917, he was one of the biggest stars in the game.
After his playing career ended, Ross became one of the founding fathers of the Boston Bruins, holding the positions of coach, general manager, and vice president. He was one of the men most responsible for making the NHL a success in the United States, and was integral to the modernization of hockey. All these accomplishments led to him being one of the first players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey historian Eric Zweig brings to life the early days of hockey. From the mining towns of Northern Ontario to the hallowed halls of Boston Garden, Art Ross was one of the biggest names in hockey over his six decades in the game.
It’s a big, fat slice of hockey past, one of those books that will delight those who consider themselves scholars of the game.
…a superb addition to any hockey library…one of the most readable hockey historians [with] the books to prove it.
Zweig does fine work, breathing life into 100-plus-year-old details; his descriptions of Stanley Cup matches from the era of the rover and the "60-minute men" manage to evoke the excitement of those bygone times, while his detailed analysis of the power struggles and high drama in which Ross was fully involved in the early days of the NHL, and the National Hockey Association before it, are both educational and entertaining, even if the reader has little to no prior knowledge of the subject.
Painstaking research by one of the best in the business on one of hockey's most influential pioneers.