Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden's memoir The Game is being defended by Alan Thicke in the Canada Reads 2012 debates.

As the goaltender for the NHL's Montreal Canadiens from 1971 to 1979, Ken Dryden helped lead the team to no less than six Stanley Cup championships in eight years. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy (for most outstanding performer in the playoffs) in 1971, and then won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year the following season -- the first and only time that any player has ever accomplished this feat. He won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender, five times. He is now a member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

His off-ice talents are just as impressive. Besides his 1983 instant classic The Game, Dryden has written four other acclaimed books, including Home Game, co-authored with Roy MacGregor, which was turned into an award-winning six-part series for CBC-TV.

In 1996, Dryden created the Ken Dryden Scholarships, to be given out to young people, currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system, who are pursuing a university or college education. To date, more than 130 scholarships have been awarded.

Dryden served as Liberal Party MP for York Centre in Toronto from 2004 until the spring of 2011, and was the minister of Social Development in Paul Martin's government from 2004 to 2006.

Get to know Ken Dryden by watching our video chat here.

Listen to Ken Dryden read an excerpt from The Game here.

Listen to Ken Dryden's interview on The Next Chapter here.

Read Ken Dryden's blog post about how he writes here.

Check out archival CBC footage of Ken Dryden here.

Check out Ken Dryden's The Game-inspired playlist here.

Replay our live chat with Ken Dryden here.