' A Great Game': Stephen Harper’s dance shoes book to be released upon November 5th



The main minister’s book on the history of dance shoes, shown within a handout picture, is set for any November. 5 discharge. It was a little while until a little while to accomplish (he’s already been a little busy with his day job), but it looks like Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dance shoes book is going to be at your local home center upon November 5th, before Christmas.

Claire and also Schuster — the actual publisher from the book known as A Great Sport: The Neglected Leafs as well as the Rise associated with Professional Handbags — created the announcement by using a press release on Saturday.


Working with substantial archival records and also illustrations, histories of the sports activity, and magazine data files, A Great Sport delves into the exciting early years associated with ice dance shoes. It speaks of the dance shoes heroes and also hard-boiled businessmen that built the overall game, as well as the fall and rise associated with legendary teams pursuing the Stanley Glass. With a historian’s viewpoint and fan’s interest, Stephen Harper offers a riveting and also often-surprising portrait, capturing everything from the physical contests for the rinks for the battles behind the scenes as well as the changing social conventions from the twentieth centuries.

A century back, rinks might melt, through half time the blades screwed for the players’ shoes could be settling in dirt. It was during this period that this unsuccessful Greater toronto area Professionals associated with 1908 as well as the victorious Greater toronto area Blue Shirts associated with 1914 battled for your city’s very first Stanley Glass. Against the fanatical opposition of amateur dance shoes leaders, these “forgotten Leafs” would lay the groundwork for the tour’s most profitable dance shoes business.

Within paying tribute to these hockey innovators and the contagious loyalty of the followers, Stephen Harper resurrects the actual rough and tumble history of hockey’s first years. A Great Sport is going to be illustrated with photographs from the game’s best arenas and earliest star gamers.

Like millions of some other Canadians, Stephen Harper created his love for hockey at a early age while he played at the arenas and the actual shinny rinks and also roads of their hometown.

Nowadays, long outdated from their on-ice “career” with the Leaside Elephants, he could be serving since Canada’s 22nd Leading Minister, and is happily the wife of Laureen that, using their children Ben and also Rachel, reside in Calgary and also Ottawa.

A part from the Society associated with International Hockey Research with a specific interest in the early decades from the online game, Mr . Harper is an beginner historian interested in going through the sport’s impact on people and locations that define Canada. A Great Sport is his first released work on the overall game of dance shoes.

It was a little while until the previous Leaside Lion about eight years to create the book and while he has already been coy regarding the subject, it’s presence has been broadly publicized.

PostMedia News’ Stephen Maher recently chronicled the history from the ‘talk’ from the book:


“The book was first described publicly in 2005, when a friend informed the Globe and also Mail it was a hobby Harper grew to become more serious about with time.

In 2006, Harper informed CBC that he had wished to finish this by then, however found it difficult to place in enough time. This individual described the research since “an escape through the pressures from the job. ”

This year, a friend told a hockey researcher which Harper had completed a manuscript, however that he had been unhappy with parts of this. He previously personally hired (and individually paid) a 40 hours a week investigator — Greg Stoicoiu associated with Calgary. They have made a number of visits himself for the Hockey Area of Fame Source Centre in Greater toronto area to search through its collection.

This year, Harper stated the book could be published this year after eight years of focusing on it for 15 minutes each day. inches

While some critics get suggested the book was part of a politics ploy to appear more like the actual ‘common man’, the prime minister is actually quite the actual dance shoes historian.

In a February 2010 article, the actual Greater toronto area Superstar noted which Harper “has composed extensively regarding the game” for many magazines, such as Sports activities Illustrated .

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Harper defintely won’t be making any money through sales of this book, nevertheless.

Based on the publisher, all the “author proceeds” goes for the Canadian Causes Personnel and Family members Support Assistance (CFPFSS).

“The specific fund that this proceeds is going to be donated to is the Military Families Finance, which provides emergency monetary assistance to army families faced with unforeseen and frequently immediate requirements that have lead due to conditions of service, ” the actual press release records.

You can see a trailer from the book here.

(Photo courtesy of Reuters)

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