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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Nov 2006
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer

Small Town Glory

The story of the Kenora Thistles' remarkable quest for the Stanley Cup

by John Danakas & Richard Brignall

tagged: sports & recreation, post-confederation (1867-), hockey

How did the Kenora Thistles become, against all odds, the smallest team and the smallest town ever to win the Stanley Cup?

This famously scrappy hockey team was founded in the rough and tumble town of Kenora, Ontario, at the end of the 19th century. A decade later, playing far away from home, in Montreal, the fiery teenagers whom the Montreal Star dubbed "the fastest that have ever been seen anywhere on ice" out-skated and out-played their older, more experienced opponents to win the coveted hockey championship trophy.

Sports novelist John Danakas and journalist Richard Brignall team up to tell the true story of the ultimate underdogs in this a little-known chapter from Canadian sports history.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.5

About the Authors

John Danakas

JOHN DANAKAS is the author of four children's novels, all published by Lorimer. Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Lizzie's Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections.

Richard Brignall

RICHARD BRIGNALL has written ten non-fiction books for young readers and adults. He has also contributed hundreds of articles to magazines across Canada, including Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada and was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News. His books have been shortlisted for the Carol Shields Award, the Red Cedar Award, and the Golden Oak Award. He lives in Kenora, Ontario.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 17
4 to 6
Reading age:
12 to 17
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

" might just be the ticket to get [reluctant teens interested in the printed word. It deals with teenagers becoming adults, and making a name for themselves and their home town in the process. Even for adults the story itself is fascinating."

— Kenora Daily Miner and News

"Historic photos and short chapters promise to make the book palatable for reluctant readers."

— Quill & Quire

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