$16.95 U.S. / $19.95 CDN, Tri­umph Books, 304 pgs, 5.5" x 8.5", paper­back

The Hockey News - - Buzz - – SAL BARRY

Au­thor Fluto Shin­zawa took the dif­fi­cult task of boil­ing down the Bru­ins’ 92year his­tory into his 304-page book, The Big 50: The Men and Mo­ments that Made the Bos­ton Bru­ins. He reaches way back with tales of play­ers such as Dit Clap­per and Ed­die Shore, Frank Brim­sek, Milt Schmidt and the ‘Kraut Line.’ Of course, mod­ern greats get their due as well: Orr, Es­pos­ito, Bourque, Neely, Chara, Berg­eron and nu­mer­ous oth­ers. But Shin­zawa doesn’t just fo­cus on the good times. He also re­counts some of the low­est points in the B’s his­tory: Ted Green’s trau­matic head in­jury, Joe Thorn­ton’s trade to the Sharks and the in­fa­mous “too many men” call in the 1979 semi­fi­nal. Even Ken Dry­den – ar­guably the big­gest neme­sis the Bru­ins ever faced – gets his own chap­ter. Un­like a stan­dard his­tory book, The Big 50 doesn’t go in any or­der, lib­er­ally skip­ping from era to era. For a new fan, this book serves as a great primer on one of the NHL’s old­est teams. For the vet­eran, The Big 50 is a mostly-happy trip down mem­ory lane.

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