Meet Canada Reads author Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden has lived many lives: he's been a professional hockey player, a politician and an author. Two of these worlds collided in 1983, when Ken wrote The Game a memoir about his 1979 season with the Montreal Canadiens. Ken retired at the end of that season, but he is still considered one of the greatest goalies the NHL has ever seen.


Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi with author Ken Dryden and panelist Alan Thicke (Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC)

The Game would go on to build a legacy of its own. The bestselling book is considered "the best hockey book ever written" and a must-read sports classic by many. Dryden admits that it's about "the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL" but also argues that it is "about growing up in Canada through to the end of the 1970s." Dryden wanted "to portray it in a way that I felt it and lived it."

It was the perfect match for 2012 defender — and avid hockey fan — Alan Thicke. Alan will be defending The Game in the Canada Reads debates on February 6,7, 8 and 9.

How does Ken feel about having his book chosen for Canada Reads, 28 years after he first wrote it? Find out in the video below the jump!

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Want to meet Ken's defender, Alan Thicke? Check out this video!

Want to get started on The Game? Check out this excerpt!

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