Craig Bowlsby: Empire of Ice – The Rise and Fall of the PCHA, 1911-1926

Craig Bowlsby: Empire of Ice – The Rise and Fall of the PCHA, 1911-1926

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Date: 12/11/2012 2:04 pm
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Date of event Monday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.
Location of event Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms

Please join us as Craig Bowlsby presents his new book, Empire of Ice, one of the freshest views of hockey history ever published.

Vancouver did win the Stanley Cup. And so did Seattle and Victoria, in a league created a century ago. The PCHA rose and fell like the Roman Empire, leaving its own mark on history. Now fans can re-live how the Patrick brothers invented modern hockey, and brought the highest level of the game to the Pacific Coast and to the world.

This legendary league has never, until now, been comprehensively recorded. Craig H. Bowlsby has unearthed much new information, debunked common misconceptions and even solved many mysteries. Empire of Ice chronicles the rise of the PCHA to the pinnacle of its success, and then to its final, bizarre plummet. All the league’s exciting Stanley Cup struggles are described in detail, as well as the trials, experiments and scandals of the regular seasons. New light is brought to the techniques and exploits of the great hockey stars of both West and East.

Empire of Ice spotlights hockey greats Cyclone Taylor, Frank and Lester Patrick, Hugh Lehman, Moose Johnson, Frank Nighbor, Eddie Gerard, Nels Stewart and many others.

Craig Bowlsby is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) and has appeared on Hockey Day in Canada as an expert historian. He lives in Vancouver, BC and is also an independent filmmaker and expert fencer.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
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