Ice hockey has a long and illustrious history, stretching back to the nineteenth century when games were played on frozen lakes and in outdoor arenas. The NHL was formed more than 75 years ago and is, after baseball, the second longest surviving sports league in America, although its championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, predates the World Series by 20 years. The Official NHL Illustrated History is an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated work of ice hockey reference, covering every facet of a game. The book tells the story of the NHL, from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top players and the leading teams. Every player, event and issue of importance in the history of the NHL is referred to somewhere in the book. Written by an acknowledged authority on ice hockey, this book is the definitive work on the NHL, with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. This book will find an appeal wherever ice hockey is followed, and is destined to become the immediate market leader.