Ken Dryden visits Winnipeg to launch new book

Ken Dryden, photo supplied

Ken Dryden, photo supplied

Celebrated NHL Hall of Fame inductee and legendary athlete Ken Dryden returns to Winnipeg to launch his new book, Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey (McClelland & Stewart). He will be at McNally Robinson Booksellers (1120 Grant Ave) on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 pm in conversation with UWinnipeg’s Dr. Glen Bergeron, Director of the Heads Up Concussion Institute and professor of kinesiology and applied health.

The discussion will be followed by a book signing and is free and open to the public. This event co-presented by the Heads Up Concussion Institute at the University of Winnipeg.

Game Changer, by Ken Dryden, book cover

Game Changer, by Ken Dryden, book cover

Dryden’s book is the story of NHL defenceman Steve Montador — who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after his death in 2015. It tells the story of the remarkable evolution of hockey itself; of science and sport; and a passionate prescriptive to counter the greatest risk to the game in the future: head injuries.

Dryden was a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, during which time the team won six Stanley Cups. He also played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. He has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He is a former federal member of Parliament and cabinet minister, and is the author of five books, including The Game and Home Game (with Roy MacGregor). 

Dryden is an ardent advocate for concussion education and continues to shine the spotlight on prevention and treatment. He also is committed to educational access for youth in care — exemplified by the Ken Dryden Scholarships. In 2013, Dryden was given an Honorary Doctor of Letters from UWinnipeg for his inspiring leadership, team spirit, and vision. 

Bergeron is the Director of the Heads Up Concussion Institute at the University of Winnipeg. He is an athletic therapist with a wealth of experience, having served on the Canadian medical team at five Olympic games and many other major games and world championships. The Heads Up Concussion Institute was established in 2012 and focuses on three pillars, including education/prevention, concussion management, and research.

MEDIA CONTACT
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

John Toews, McNally Robinson Booksellers
events@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca,  P: 204-453-0424, ex 227

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