Hockey's Original 6
Great Players of the Golden Era
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About the author
Mike Leonetti has written more than twenty-five books, including best-selling hockey titles such as Hockey Now, Maple Leaf Legends, Canadiens Legends, and Maple Leafs Top 100. He has also written several best-selling children's picture books, including My Leafs Sweater, A Hero Named Howe, Number Four, Bobby Orr, and Wendel and the Great One. He owns an extensive archive of hockey photographs and memorabilia-including the Harold Barkley Archives-and is a walking encyclopedia of Maple Leafs trivia. He lives in Woodbridge, Ontario.
Harold Barkley was a pioneer of sports photography. Covering three decades worth of NHL hockey for the Toronto Star during the golden era of the Original Six, he was the first to use an electronic flash to take stop-action hockey pictures and he developed special equipment for shooting colour.
For close to twenty seasons, Jean Béliveau was the gentle giant” centreman and captain of the fabled Montréal Canadiens during the team’s glory years in the 1950s and 1960s. Retiring from active play in 1971, he went on to a successful twenty-two-year career as the Canadien’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs and to life-long service as a goodwill ambassador for the sport.
The hockey stars of the 1950s and '60sRocket Richard, Gordie Howe, Dave Keon, Bobby Hull, Jean Beliveau, Terry Sawchuk, Tim Horton, and otherswere some of the most passionate players in National Hockey League history. These skillful and often colorful athletes played exhilarating hockey and were national heroes in a time when only six teams and fewer than 150 players battled for the Stanley Cup.
Hockey's Original Six celebrates the most dynamic players and exciting moments of the era in more than 120 photographs from the legendary Harold Barkley Archives, including a number of never or rarely seen images. From 1942 until the early '70s, Barkley was the Toronto Star's leading sports photographer. He pioneered the use of electronic flash to capture stop-action hockey, and his dramatic workboth black and white and vibrant colordefine the pre-expansion period.
Two informative essays by Mike Leonetti - hockey historian, archivist, and prolific sportswriter - set Barkley and the photos in context, and short image captions illuminate the players and their feats. Jean Béliveau - hockey legend and elder statesman - provides a personal and insightful foreword.
; September 2011
144 pages; ISBN 9781553659662Read online
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Title: Hockey's Original 6
Author: Mike Leonetti; Charles Barkley; Jean Beliveau
Foreword by Jean Béliveau
The Golden Era of the Original Six
Portrait of the Artist: A Biography of Harold Barkley
In the press
"Hockey historians will appreciate the precision action shots taken of the first cohort of NHL stars by the late Harold Barkley, sports photographer for the Toronto Star from 1942 until the early 1970s. Passionate hockey writer Mike Leonetti captions the black-and-white as well as colour pictures with crisp, rich descriptions. This book is sure to please. It is a record of how hockey has evolved."—Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 5, 2011
"For all the book-bound Barkley collections, each out of print and available only from secondhand sellers, Hockey's Original 6 is the only one that will take your breath away...this Greystone title is by far the most brilliantly printed assembly of Barkley photos. It is a collection that captures players' grimaces, suture tracks, missing teeth and Brylcreem-lacquered hair; their primitive equipment, joy and considerable pain, even the depth of snow beneath their tubular-steel blades, the individual planks of lumber that were the arena boards, and the octagonal orange crests on the Tyer Rubber Co. pucks whose impact has smudged the fire-engine-red goalposts."—Montreal Gazette, Nov 15, 2011
"With the holidays fast approaching Hockey’s Original 6 would make the perfect gift for hockey fans, history buffs, and art collectors."—Toronto Quarterly, Nov 14, 2011
"Mike Leonetti's informative text is complemented by the action photos of Harold Barkley...Flipping through the pages of Hockey's Original 6 and looking at Barkley's wonderful photographs I was taken back to my childhood when hockey photos like these graced the pages of magazines, newspapers and books...Fans of hockey during its golden era will enjoy this book."—Simcoe.com, Oct 6, 2011