By P.J. Naworynski
For readers of The Boys within the Boat, the impressive tale of the not going Canadian hockey group that clinched Olympic gold in 1948
The assertion used to be shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, wouldn't be sending a staff to the 1948 wintry weather Olympics in Switzerland. Outraged, a Royal Canadian Air strength squadron chief, Sandy Watson, speedy assembled a crew of air strength hockey avid gamers who have been “amateur sufficient” to accomplish below the Olympic guidelines.
Sergeant Frank Boucher used to be recruited to educate the staff and start the cross-Canada look for gamers. Hubert Brooks, a embellished flying officer and serial escapist from POW camps, was once 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 cross a clinical examination, Murray Dowey was once known as up from his task as a TTC motive force and low perform goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The ragtag workforce obtained 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 protective approach paid off. They eradicated the yankee staff, tied the Czech workforce and beat the Swiss because the fatherland crowd pelted the Canadians with snowballs through the video game. at the related ice the place Barbara Ann Scott gained 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 stunned a kingdom and the world.
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