By P.J. Naworynski
For readers of The Boys within the Boat, the impressive tale of the not going Canadian hockey staff that clinched Olympic gold in 1948
The assertion was once 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, quick assembled a workforce of air strength hockey gamers who have been “amateur sufficient” to accomplish less than the Olympic guidelines.
Sergeant Frank Boucher used to be recruited to educate the crew and start the cross-Canada look for gamers. Hubert Brooks, a adorned 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 move a scientific examination, Murray Dowey used to be referred to as up from his task as a TTC driving force and low perform goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The ragtag staff obtained off to a coarse begin, wasting such a lot of exhibition video games that Canadian newspapers known as them a shame to the rustic. however the RCAF Flyers battled again, and Boucher’s protecting procedure paid off. They eradicated the yankee crew, tied the Czech workforce and beat the Swiss because the place of origin crowd pelted the Canadians with snowballs through the online game. at the related ice the place Barbara Ann Scott received 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 bunch of decided males, clean from the battlefields of WWII, who shocked a state and the world.
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