Hockey's Golden Era: Stars of the Original Six


160 pages
ISBN 0-7715-9013-X
DDC 796.962'092'2





Photos by Harold Barkley
Reviewed by Albert Stray

Albert Stray is librarian and manager of the Streetsville Public


Relive the glory days of the NHL’s “original six” teams as seen
through the lens of pioneer sports photographer Harold Barkley, who
captured in detailed, vivid images the likes of Orr, Mahovlich, Howe,
Hull, and Richard. Hockey’s Golden Era is packed with anecdotes and
statistics that will delight any trivia fan.

Leonetti opens the book with a short overview of the 1950s and
1960s—the golden era; he highlights such unique aspects as the farm
system, the curved stick, train travel, team ups and downs, and how
expansion changed hockey forever. In addition to separate chapters on
the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Redwings, Montreal
Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs, the author
provides 70 biographies of the leading names most associated with the
teams of the golden era. His final chapter summaries NHL records and
awards for the years 1957–67.

This book of reminiscences, both verbal and visual, is recommended for
all hockey fans, regardless of the era in which they grew up.


Leonetti, Mike., “Hockey's Golden Era: Stars of the Original Six,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 10, 2023,