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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788475
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Howe is a three-time NHL first-team All Star defenseman who in 2011 became only the third son of a Hockey Hall of Famer to also be inducted. He helped the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cup finals and had a 22-year professional career that ended with the team of his father, the Detroit Red Wings. He is currently the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings. He lives in Jackson, New Jersey.

Jay Greenberg is a 40-year veteran of newspapers, magazines and websites, including the New York Post, Toronto Sun, Sports Illustrated, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin, and Kansas City Star. He authored the most complete history of a team ever published, Full Spectrum, about the Philadelphia Flyers, and has been a contributor to The Hockey News for four decades. He lives in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's records to become the all-time leading goal and point producer in NHL history. "The Great One" lives in Westlake Village, California.

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Mark Howe does a nice job of bringing us into the know on what it was like growing up as the most talented son of Mr. Hockey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thomas glenn cooper on January 12, 2014
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While Mark Howe clearly inherited his father's talent for hockey, fortunately he did not inherit Gordies shyness, as this book gave a wealth warm, funny, and sometimes brutal detail of his family, hockey career, and personal life. A hall of fame read that surely makes his parents proud
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gardien25 on December 28, 2013
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I enjoyed reading about Mark's early career in the WHA and his reason for leaving the Whalers, who were terribly mismanaged after the merger with the NHL... I would have liked to have read more about his experience with Whalers when Harry Neale was their coach (who did an excellent job of rebuilding the team) and the rift that developed with many of the players during Bill Dineen's brief tenure as coach.
His experience at his first Flyers training camp was also very entertaining..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland on February 17, 2014
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Although the title of the book is "Gordie Howe's Son," this book like Mark Howe can stand on its own as one of the best hockey bios ever written. There are such great stories in here and many of them actually don't even involve Gordie. For the whole WHA era when the three Howes (Gordie and sons Mark and Marty) played together the book is worth what you pay for it. Throw in the fact that Mark played on some terrific iconic teams from the Toronto Marlboros in junior to the 1972 silver medal winning Team USA, Team Canada (WHA version) in the 1974 Summit Series and mainly his Philadelphia Flyers years under the highly successful (and extremely unhinged) Mike Keenan.

Mark also covers his private life, his gruesome injuries he overcomes and his scouting days with the Detroit Red Wings. I found the scouting info on how pro scouts work and what they can discern from watching games live just amazing. You also get great insight into how two winning organizations operate so differently. The Red Wings' draft strategy really does show this is a franchise with their act together. The Flyers' chaotic way of doing business is also jaw dropping when you think of the team having gone to so many Finals. It's pretty funny to read some of the machinations between owner Ed Snider and Bobby Clarke regarding the team, especially to reiterate, the Keenan era.

I won't spoil any of the great stories in here for anyone but as much as you appreciate a truly great hockey player, you'll come out of this appreciate a truly great hockey family and everything a top pro athlete has to go through in life to become that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Weber on January 30, 2014
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I have been waiting for Mark Howe to do a book for a long time -- thank goodness Jay Greenberg convinced him to do it. It is obvious that Mark was not just a willing subject, but that he participated fully!

Obviously there are the stories of growing up in the Howe family, but also insights into the 1972 US Olympic hockey team and the silver medal brought back from Sapporo, on as a "family unit" to the WHA, first with the Aeros, then the Whalers. It was fascinating to read about the chemistry that wasn't there with the Whalers in both the WHA and the NHL.

Mark was probably under appreciated and had to wait too long for Hockey Hall of Fame recognition because he was so versatile, that delayed his development as a defenseman, I am certain.

You can tell a great deal about a person through his relationships with his family, friends and teammates, and you can't help but like Mark even more after reading this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Gabriel on January 7, 2014
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This book was very good. If you are a fan of Gordie Howe and his family you will really like t book.

Pat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher LaForce on January 3, 2014
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I own a vast library of hockey and sports books, but This book is at the top of my list, for great reads! Mark and his co-author have created a Wonderful biography. It reveals his life and times in a refreshingly honest, candid manner, and is the type of book you do not want to put down!
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