By P.J. Naworynski
For readers of The Boys within the Boat, the outstanding tale of the not likely Canadian hockey workforce that clinched Olympic gold in 1948
The statement used to be shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, wouldn't be sending a crew to the 1948 wintry weather Olympics in Switzerland. Outraged, a Royal Canadian Air strength squadron chief, Sandy Watson, fast assembled a group of air strength hockey gamers who have been “amateur sufficient” to accomplish less than the Olympic guidelines.
Sergeant Frank Boucher was once recruited to teach the staff and start the cross-Canada look for avid 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 while their beginning goalie, Dick Ball, didn’t go 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 shielding technique paid off. They eradicated the yank crew, tied the Czech staff and beat the Swiss because the homeland crowd pelted the Canadians with snowballs in the course of the online game. at the similar 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 made up our minds males, clean from the battlefields of WWII, who shocked a state and the world.
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