The gift book of the year for hockey fans: Roy MacGregor has been called "the best hockey writer in the country," and we finally have a collection of his very best hockey writing, revised and updated. For nearly 40 years Roy MacGregor has brought hockey, our national sport, alive on the page. From tales of the game's greats (Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau, Marcel Dionne) to today's stars (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Daniel and Henrik Sedin), his magazine and newspaper coverage has revealed so much about these and so many ...
The gift book of the year for hockey fans: Roy MacGregor has been called "the best hockey writer in the country," and we finally have a collection of his very best hockey writing, revised and updated. For nearly 40 years Roy MacGregor has brought hockey, our national sport, alive on the page. From tales of the game's greats (Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau, Marcel Dionne) to today's stars (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Daniel and Henrik Sedin), his magazine and newspaper coverage has revealed so much about these and so many other personalities, in moments of promise, victory and defeat. While many of these stories play out on the ice, some of the most compelling take place on the home front (Mario Lemieux's battle against cancer, the many tribulations of Bob Gainey), and MacGregor's prose shines especially when focused on the human side of a sport defined by superhuman feats of speed, aggression and power. Wayne Gretzky's Ghost will be a personal book, and also a book of challenging ideas: that Wayne Gretzky, through no fault of his own, was the worst thing to happen to hockey; that "CBC"'s "Hockey Night in Canada" has lost sight of what it is; that goaltending has become a position out of all proportion to what was intended. And who could offer a better perspective on the game than a writer who, playing as a youngster, had to face an onrushing phenom from Parry Sound named Bobby Orr, or who spent a year ghostwriting a national newspaper column for the Great One himself? When it comes to hockey, Roy MacGregor has seen (and in some cases, done) it all.
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Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo. (xx) 369 pp. Black boards lettered in gilt on the spine; headband; illustrated with black and white plates. Light rubbing on the corners of the dustjacket; price intact; no interior markings. The Contents are: Preface: A Game for Life; Wayne Gretzky's Ghost; The National Game: The Dance of Life-The Opening of a New Season; The Heart of Hockey. Legends of the Game: Mario Lemieux's Long Journey; Going It Alone: Mats Sundin; No Ordinary Joe; Steve Yzerman: The Long Journey from Doubt to Belief; Saint Patrick of the Nets; Within Arm's Reach: Ray Bourque; The Quiet Perfection of Paul Kariya; A Flower for All Seasons: Guy Lafleur; King of the Kings: Marcel Dionne; Captain Marvel: Bobby Clarke; Skating to a Different Drummer: Borje Salming; The Throwback: Bryan Trottier; Jean Beliveau at Seventy-Five; Playing Against Bobby Orr. Stars: The Absurdity of Sid the Kid; Ovie Ovie Ovie; The Third Eye: Daniel and Henrik Sedin; Quick Coming of Age: Drew Doughty; The Evolution of Kris Letang; Marc Savard's Long Journey; The Price Is Right; Kesler's the Total Package. The Characters: The Prime Minister of Saturday Night: Don Cherry; Gratoony: The Irrepressible Gilles Gratton; No Middle Ground: The Strange Career of the Gifted Alexei Kovalev; The Dreamer: Alexander Daigle; The Power of the Pest: Brad Marchand. Bar Debates: The Lightning Rod Commissioner; A Man's Game; Lost at Sea: Hockey Night in Canada; Death to the Fourth Line; Penalties that Mean Something-Now There's a Concept; How Wayne Gretzky Ruined Hockey; Riddle Within an Enigma: Just How Good Is Martin Brodeur; Nicknames; New Analysis: Eccentricity or Genius; The Monotonous Safety of Cliches; Superstition: The Ultimate Intangible; The Case Against December Babies. Behind the Bench: The Courage of Roger Neilson; Coach of the Year, Firings of the Year: Ted Nolan; The Not-So-Glory Days; Coach Gretzky. The Elements: Good Warm Fuzzy Memories; Joy of Road Hockey; Wally's Coliseum: The Melting of the Gretzky Backyard. Anguish: The Hole in Bob Gainey's Heart; Lessons from Swift Current; Guy Lafleur's Nightmare; The Cloud Over Viking. It's Not Just a Man's Game: A Scandal of Minuscule Proportions; Women's Gold a Record; The Triumph of the Clarkson Cup; In Praise of Hockey Moms; American Defender: Angela Ruffiero; and The Wayne Gretzky of Women's Hockey: Hayley Wickenheiser.
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