Kooks and Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, and the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey

November 30, 2020
Kooks and Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, and the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Bruins' 1970Stanley Cup championship season by reliving all the moments inKooks and Degenerates on Ice.While the United States seethed from racial violence, war, andmass shootings, the 1969-70 "Big, Bad Bruins," led by the legendaryBobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat theSt. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their firstchampionship in 29 years.In Kooks and Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins,and the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey, Thomas J.Whalen recounts all the memorable moments from that championshipseason. Behind the no-nonsense yet inspired leadership of headcoach Harry Sinden, the once laughingstock Bruins became the talkof the sporting world. Nicknamed the "Big, Bad Bruins" for theirpropensity to out-brawl and intimidate their opponents, the teamrallied around the otherworldly play of Bobby Orr and hishard-hitting teammates to take the NHL by surprise in a season toremember.Kooks and Degenerates on Ice brings to life all the colorfulpersonalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raisingteam. In addition, the season is placed into its historical contextas the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics,and class, making this a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockeyfans, and those interested in twentieth-century Americanhistory.