Imagine on Air presents Ken Dryden

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Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Ken Dryden in celebration of his highly anticipated new book The Series, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series. This truly special one-hour conversation on Wordfest.com will be hosted by Wordfest's Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut. (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM MT.) It's free – and if you RSVP, we'll send you a reminder on the afternoon of the show, as well as our unique Digital Doggie Bag the next day with bonus extras sparked by the conversation.

*Note: If you purchase a copy of The Series through Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary, you can request a signed bookplate personalized by Ken Dryden.

We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with this generous legend.

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About Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden was a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, during which time the team won six Stanley Cups, and he played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. He has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is a former federal member of parliament and cabinet minister, and is the author of eight books, including The GameHome Game (with Roy MacGregor), Game Change, and Scotty. He and his wife Lynda live in Toronto and have two children and four grandchildren.

About The Series

SEPTEMBER 2, 1972, MONTREAL FORUM, GAME ONE: 

The best against the best for the first time. Canada, the country that had created the game; the Soviet Union, having taken it up only 26 years earlier. On the line: more than the players, more than the fans, more than Canadians and Russians knew.

So began an entirely improbable, near-month-long series of games that became more and more riveting, until, for the eighth, and final, and deciding game ­on a weekday, during work and school hours all across the country the nation stopped. Of Canada’s 22 million people, 16 million watched. Three thousand more were there, in Moscow, behind the Iron Curtain, singing "Da da, Ka-na-da, nyet, nyet, So-vi-yet!” It is a story long told, often told. But never like this.

Ken Dryden, a goalie in the series, a lifetime observer, later a writer, tells the story in “you are there” style, as if he is living it for the first time. As if you, the reader, are too.

The series, as it turned out, is the most important moment in hockey history, changing the game, on the ice and off, everywhere in the world. As it turned out, it is one of the most significant events in all of Canada’s history. Through Ken Dryden’s words, we understand why.

About Host Shelley Youngblut

Shelley Youngblut is the CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest. She was the recipient of the 2020 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the Arts and the 2018 Rozsa Award for Arts Leadership. She also won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Magazine Awards. Youngblut was the founding editor of Calgary’s award-winning Swerve magazine and has created magazines for ESPN, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Nickelodeon, Western Living, and The Globe and Mail. A former pop-culture correspondent for ABC World News Now and Canada Am, she is now often unconventionally opinionated on CBC Calgary’s Eyeopener.

Follow her on Twitter @youngblut and Instagram @youngblutshelley.

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