“Tal Pinchevsy, a staff writer and producer for, 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

TV Interviews

Mutsumi Takahashi from Montreal’s CTV News interviews Tal about Breakaway

CTV BC’s Mark Dreisschen interviews Tal on Morning Live.


‘Breakaway’ Revels Hockey’s Untold Stories – NPR’s Only A Game


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