By P.J. Naworynski
For readers of The Boys within the Boat, the impressive tale of the not likely Canadian hockey group that clinched Olympic gold in 1948
The assertion was once shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, wouldn't be sending a staff to the 1948 iciness Olympics in Switzerland. Outraged, a Royal Canadian Air strength squadron chief, Sandy Watson, speedy assembled a group of air strength hockey gamers who have been “amateur sufficient” to accomplish below the Olympic guidelines.
Sergeant Frank Boucher used to be recruited to teach the staff and start the cross-Canada look for gamers. Hubert Brooks, a embellished flying officer and serial escapist from POW camps, used to be one other early recruit. Andy Gilpin joined from the RCAF base in Whitehorse, as did airmen from Quebec, the Maritimes and western Canada. And whilst their beginning goalie, Dick Ball, didn’t go a clinical examination, Murray Dowey was once referred to as up from his activity as a TTC motive force and low perform goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The ragtag crew acquired off to a coarse commence, wasting such a lot of exhibition video games that Canadian newspapers referred to as them a shame to the rustic. however the RCAF Flyers battled again, and Boucher’s protecting method paid off. They eradicated the yank workforce, tied the Czech group and beat the Swiss because the place of origin crowd pelted the Canadians with snowballs through the online game. at the related ice the place Barbara Ann Scott received a gold medal, the underdog RCAF Flyers additionally received Olympic gold, and their goalie, Murray Dowey, set an Olympic checklist that also stands.
Against All Odds is the inspiring untold tale of a gaggle of decided males, clean from the battlefields of WWII, who shocked a state and the world.
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