By P.J. Naworynski
For readers of The Boys within the Boat, the awesome tale of the not likely Canadian hockey staff that clinched Olympic gold in 1948
The assertion was once shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, wouldn't be sending a staff to the 1948 iciness Olympics in Switzerland. Outraged, a Royal Canadian Air strength squadron chief, Sandy Watson, speedy assembled a staff of air strength hockey gamers who have been “amateur sufficient” to accomplish below the Olympic guidelines.
Sergeant Frank Boucher was once recruited to educate the staff and start the cross-Canada look for avid gamers. Hubert Brooks, a adorned flying officer and serial escapist from POW camps, was once one other early recruit. Andy Gilpin joined from the RCAF base in Whitehorse, as did airmen from Quebec, the Maritimes and western Canada. And whilst their beginning goalie, Dick Ball, didn’t move a clinical examination, Murray Dowey used to be known as up from his task as a TTC driving force and low perform goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The ragtag crew obtained off to a coarse begin, wasting such a lot of exhibition video games that Canadian newspapers known as them a shame to the rustic. however the RCAF Flyers battled again, and Boucher’s protective method paid off. They eradicated the yankee workforce, tied the Czech crew and beat the Swiss because the place of origin crowd pelted the Canadians with snowballs in the course of the video game. at the related ice the place Barbara Ann Scott received a gold medal, the underdog RCAF Flyers additionally received Olympic gold, and their goalie, Murray Dowey, set an Olympic list that also stands.
Against All Odds is the inspiring untold tale of a gaggle of decided males, clean from the battlefields of WWII, who shocked a country and the world.
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Against All Odds: The Untold Story of Canada's Unlikely Hockey Heroes by P.J. Naworynski