In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil (Midtown) traces the hockey career of a boy from Limoilou, Quebec who was signed by the Canadiens in 1943 and remained under contract to the team until the late ‘50s. Called up at the end of the 1950 season, Gerry McNeil would go on play an important role in the Habs’ rise to NHL dominance in the following decade. He finished his career by returning home and playing for Les Aces de Quebec. The book is also a study in sports media history (photography, magazines, newsreels, radio and the beginning of the NHL on CBC television).
David McNeil, the son of the subject, teaches at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), an institution that was founded by the same man who would establish the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec which manages the Morrin Centre, i.e. the ninth Earl of Dalhousie, George Ramsey.
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