By P.J. Naworynski
For readers of The Boys within the Boat, the amazing tale of the not likely Canadian hockey crew that clinched Olympic gold in 1948
The statement was once shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, wouldn't be sending a group 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 adequate” to accomplish less than the Olympic guidelines.
Sergeant Frank Boucher used to be recruited to teach the group and start the cross-Canada look for avid 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 move a scientific 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 bought off to a coarse begin, 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 procedure paid off. They eradicated the yankee crew, tied the Czech workforce and beat the Swiss because the place of birth crowd pelted the Canadians with snowballs in the course of the video game. at the similar ice the place Barbara Ann Scott received a gold medal, the underdog RCAF Flyers additionally gained Olympic gold, and their goalie, Murray Dowey, set an Olympic checklist that also stands.
Against All Odds is the inspiring untold tale of a bunch of made up our minds males, clean from the battlefields of WWII, who stunned a state and the world.
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