I like to look at the footwork of the future of hockey. That is why I went to the Viking Cup, and that is why I recommend this book.
The atmosphere at the Viking Cup was incredible. It was so lively and so much fun. As players we knew the full house of fans were enjoying it like we were. It made a big impression on me.
The Viking Cup was my first experience in North America. It was gold for us. Young Czech hockey players all know this cup. It’s always in the newspapers.
Hundreds have now read the book “The Viking Cup – A Small College Town Scores Big Time”.
Here is what they are saying…..
I would say “World famous” because, no matter where I travelled through the exporting or genetics business, I was amazed when I told people I was from Camrose. Inevitably, the comeback would be “The home of the Viking Cup”. There was only one disappointment, and that was when I reached the last page to realize there was no more to read……. And so, I read the book a second time, and enjoyed it just as much.
Bob Prestage, Camrose. Former Camrose County Reeve and Hockey Referee
The excitement of being able to attend several tournaments was a huge part of my childhood. Looking back on it now, I’ve come to understand that it was much more than a hockey tournament. LeRoy Johnson has not only captured a wonderful set of “behind the scenes” stories that span the history of one of the most successful international hockey tournaments in the world, many set against the political intrigue of the Cold War no less! He has also provided ample inspiration for those who still believe that small towns can and should strive to accomplish astonishing things.
Dr. Clark Banack, Director AB Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. Augustana, University of Alberta
It’s clear that these powerful experiences have produced lifetime vivid memories and appreciation for the way in which a small town came together (over 400 volunteers were involved in each tournament) to produce a tournament that became known around the world. This element of the book is the reason I recommend it so highly. I eagerly devoured it, and savoured the warm feelings it produced in me.
Dr Tim Parker Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta
This is an extremely thorough summary and comprehensive reference of the history of the Viking Cup. It provides a significant amount of information relating to the future of many of the Viking Cup Stars, especially those who had careers in the NHL.
As a former Camrosian, I applaud the author and those who assisted him with this excellent book and documentation of the Viking Cups!
Gary Gibeault, former Camrose City Manager