Book Review: The Metro Prystai Story

It’s a special ability to capture historical moments. Some are able to entrap these times in photographs and film. Others, like Frank Block, are able to tell stories. They use words – description – to recreate something that happened years prior.

Others – like myself – learn to appreciate the stories we are told. We learn and grow from the histories that are encapsulated in these moments that are recreated.

In Block’s book, The Metro Prystai Story, a life and career are relived. While many might not be familiar with Prystai and his 10 years in the NHL, Block’s retelling of his story does exactly what historical works are supposed to do. It teaches his readers about the man that was Dmytro “Metro” Prystai. 

The Man, The Player

Block opens with arguably one of Prystai’s brightest moments – the 1952 Stanley Cup win with Detroit. In the clinching game, Prystai became a Red Wings’ legend and hockey hero scoring two goals and adding an assist to help Detroit shut the door on what was an incredible 8-0 playoff run to ultimately win the Cup.

Metro Prystai, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Frank Block

A historical revival of the life and career of Dmytro “Metro” Prystai by Frank Block. (Cover Photo Courtesy of Frank Block)

But the book doesn’t just focus on his career as an NHL player. While it does discuss – and provide ample background – on his time with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, Block looks further into the story of Metro Prystai – the kid, the man, and the player.

Using anecdotes from throughout Prystai’s life, Block chronicles the former NHLers road to the show. From growing up in the Canadian prairies to playing high school hockey and onto his journey from Moose Jaw to Chicago, Block interviews family, friends, and former teammates to help readers relive Prystai’s incredible life.

The Capone Effect

Now, as Block outlines in the book, Prystai’s road to the NHL wasn’t travelled without obstacles. In fact, like the storyline from a movie, Prystai encountered the Capone family during his time in Chicago.

While the run in wasn’t with Al Capone, Metro’s encounter did involve Matty Capone – the brother of the infamous gangster. For Prystai, it was a test of character – a path leading to crime or one that would lead him into the game of hockey.

Now Prystai became quite the leader. Whether it was on the ice or in the dressing room, Metro was a loyal teammate, as Block alludes to in his book. In fact, he takes it a step further by interviewing former teammates and Hall of Famers who played with Metro – all of whom shared their best memories of their former mate, their former friend.

Block shares parts of these interviews – with former players like Red Kelly and Ted Lindsay – throughout the book. But he also makes the full interviews available in a professionally produced audio version – including one with Metro himself. The audio version, which is available with the e-book (and worth the purchase), is nearly three hours long full of interesting narratives from Block’s subjects.

While Metro may come off as a modest individual, the audio from his former colleague tells another story. It’s a story of an individual away from the game of hockey – a story of a man who made the game, and the teams he played for, a better place for everyone.

Block not only encapsulates the being that was Metro Prystai, but provides readers with the opportunity to engage in the same narratives he heard in the telling of this great and historic journey. From Yorkton, Saskatchewan to a career in hockey, The Metro Prystai Story is one for the ages.

Take some time to enjoy a story from hockey’s history. Read the book and enjoy the audio interviews. No hockey fan will be disappointed in what lies between the e-covers. And if you have the chance, contact Frank Block on Twitter – tell him how much you enjoyed his book and Metro’s story.

Be a part of hockey history and hear from some of the game’s greatest legends. For details, contact the author at info@metroprystai.com or visit The Metro Prystai Story online.

The book is also available on Amazon.

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