Ken Dryden in the CBC Archives

As a legendary hockey player and respected politician, Ken Dryden has often been in the media spotlight. His relationship with the CBC dates back to 1972, when he first made headlines as the new star goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. Over the years, The Game author has been interviewed about winning big games, education, his writing and more.


Ken Dryden in the 1971 post-season. He joined the Montreal Canadiens mid-season and led them to a Stanley Cup win and scored the Conn Smythe Trophy in the process. (Canadian Press)

Below the jump, you'll find three great moments from Ken Dryden from the CBC Archives!

On December 14, 1972, CBC-TV's Telescope ran a profile about the promising young goalie. At the time, Dryden had only two seasons under his belt, but had already made his mark in the NHL. After stepping up in the mid-season, Dryden would lead the Habs to a Stanley Cup win, and earn playoff MVP honours in the process.

Dryden's potential for greatness was evident early in his career. In the clip below, Telescope host Fletcher Markle predicts that Dryden "will be classified as the greatest goalie of his time," but is quick to point out that the young goalie "needs time to prove it."

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In The Game, Ken Dryden writes about his discomfort with endorsement. He was very reluctant to put his name and face on any product he didn't use regularly or didn't believe in. Although endorsements are a big part of professional sports, Dryden strongly dislikes them. On January 6, 1974, he discusses this with CBC-TV's Marketplace.

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When The Game was first published in 1983, it was an instant success with both the hockey community and the literary community. Early on, it was receiving accolades and being put on "best of" lists. In 1984, Dryden sat down with Harry Brown, host of CBC-TV's Take 30, to discuss why he left hockey at the top of his game — and why he chose to write about it.

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