Ever since the New York Islanders were founded in 1972, one of the most ferocious rivalries in the NHL, between the Islanders and the Rangers, has been waged each season.
In a new book, Ice Wars, The Complete Story of New York’s Greatest Modern Sports Rivalry by Gil Martin, this rivalry is explored. The book dedicates each of its chapters to a season of the rivalry, beginning with its first battle in 1972 and going up until the 2015-2016 season. In the article linked below from Inside Hockey, the book is summarized and critiqued. Martin interviewed over 50 former players, coaches, and other staff to put this book together, so it goes incredibly deep and provides many behind the scenes looks and not well known tidbits that are a treat for any hockey fan. Additionally, each chapter provides a profile of one individual from each side, profiles that include some of the game’s greats, including Mark Messier, Denis Potvin, and Mike Richter. Sports books have become an ever-expanding genre of literature and, when done well, provide us with excellent stories about the games we love. This book is one of the those tomes.