Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL – The Untold Story of Hockey’s Great Escapes.
By Tal Pinchevsky
From behind the Iron Curtain onto hockey’s biggest stage
The incredible true story of the trailblazing men who risked everything to pass through the Iron Curtain and become NHL superstars, Breakaway is a thrilling look at the untold stories that changed hockey forever. From midnight meetings in secluded forests, to evading capture by military and police forces, this is the story of the brave players whose passion of the game trumped all.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the legends of the ice who put everything on the line just for the chance to play on the world’s greatest stage, many of them speaking about their experiences for the very first time, the book looks at how Peter Stastny, Igor Larionov, Petr Klima, Petr Nedved, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Alexander Mogilny, and other hockey superstars captured the imaginations of fans around the world.
The remarkable true story of some of the true pioneers of hockey, told for the very first time, often in the players’ own words
A fascinating look behind the Iron Curtain and the trials these brave men endured for a taste of freedom, through their love of the game
Looks at how some of the NHL’s greatest players made it onto North American ice
As much a tale of espionage and social history as a gripping hockey chronicle, Breakaway sheds light on the untold stories of some of the sports’ most inspiring heroes.
“Tal Pinchevsy, a staff writer and producer for NHL.com, answers this very thoroughly in his case-by-case study. He brings to life the risks that had to be taken by players in the former Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia while trying to win their freedom to ply their trade in the NHL.”
-Pete Weber – Nashville Predators / Pete Weber’s Hockey Media
“Journalist Tal Pinchevsky’s new book Breakaway (Wiley), about hockey’s pioneering defectors from behind the Iron Curtain, would make an excellet addition to any history curriculum. It has everything: great rivalries, cloak-and-dagger intrigue and white-knuckle escapes from Slavic villains. “
- Chris Selley, National Post
Born in Montreal, writer Tal Pinchevsky first appeared in print as a seven year old when he wrote a scathing expose appropriately title “My Grandma.” Since moving to New York in 2001, Tal has covered sports and pop culture for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, the New York Post, Men’s Fitness, and Rolling Stone among others. He currently serves as a staff writer and producer at NHL.com and his first book, Breakaway, published by Wiley & Sons, was published in September 2012 and is available at multiple retailers.
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