Ken Dryden reads from The Game


As a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, Ken Dryden won the Stanley Cup five times, the Vezina Trophy (for best netminder) five times, and made the NHL all-star team five times. He's considered one of the best goalies to ever play the game, and as a result has played in some of the biggest and best rinks in the world.

However, the rink that remained the most important one to him was "Dryden's backyard," the strip of pavement behind his childhood home in suburban Toronto. There, Ken, his older brother Dave and their friends would play hockey for hours on end. Ken honed his skills and grew from a six-year-old who idolized his older brother to a talented player with the promise of a a career as a professional hockey player.

In the audio player below, Ken Dryden reads a passage from The Game in which he looks back on the times spent in "Dryden's backyard."

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The Game will be defended by actor Alan Thicke in the Canada Reads 2012 debates. The debates will air at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Nfld.) on CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books at 10 a.m. ET on February 6,7, 8 and 9.

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