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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312368267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sportswriter Falla knows a lot about hockey, and this novel is a hilarious look at how players, coaches and owners get through a grueling season in their quest for the trophy. Boston Bruins goaltender Jean Pierre Savard has no illusions about the hockey profession, and at age 31, Savard knows this year may be his best (and last) chance to win the Stanley Cup. He must deal with age, injuries and the grief of losing his young wife to cancer as he and best friend/teammate Cam Carter swagger across locker rooms and rink ice, avoiding hip checks and rocket slap shots. Savard and Carter have been tight for years and always thought they would win the Stanley Cup together, but when Savard is unexpectedly traded to the Montreal Canadiens, the two friends must play against each other in a rivalry neither likes. Savard's life gets more complicated when he suffers two concussions, his hated and estranged father reappears and his girlfriend cross-checks their romance with an unexpected career move. Falla's graphic portrayal of a violent sport (and its colorful players) and his insider's view of how hockey is played, coached and officiated is exciting, surefire entertainment. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Jack Falla is the author of five books, most notably Home Ice, an essay collection. He covered the NHL for Sports Illustrated for many years, and during that time wrote two cover stories on Wayne Gretzky. His work has also been published in USA Today, Boston Magazine, and USA Hockey.


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This book is a MUST for any hockey fan.
Alex
I have read more books in my life than I could ever remember but I can't recall ever tearing through a book as quickly as this one.
Marc Major
Falla's style conveys the feeling of the sport without slowing it down with extraneous detail.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Greenstein on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
With his first novel, Saved, legendary hockey writer Jack Falla (author of Home Ice) takes us behind the scenes for a season in the life of the Boston Bruins and, in particular, fictional starting goaltender Jean Pierre Savard. Drawing from his experience covering the NHL for Sports Illustrated [1-year Subscription], Falla brings the reader on a roller-coaster ride, humanizing the NHL experience in ways that are likely to make passionate fans care even more about Savard's real-life counterparts.

From the wacky and competitive relationships between both teammates and rivals to the unique challenges players face in their off-ice relationships, Falla's three-dimensional characters are extremely likable, their melange of attributes and flaws giving the reader a real sense of what life in the NHL is like. In particular, Falla's account of the trade deadline (and trades in general) will give diehard fans a whole new way to look at things when they're cavalierly posting trade rumors on their favorite hockey message board.

Falla's love for hockey is evident from cover to cover, the spirit of his backyard rink present in every on-ice scene. And where during his days with Sports Illustrated [1-year Subscription] Falla might have been limited in which stories he could--and couldn't--share with readers, the world in Saved is presented filter-free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk L. on September 24, 2008
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I write this review with bittersweet feelings, as Jack Falla's recent passing has left a void in the hockey community. I don't know of many authors more qualified to touch on the subjects covered in "Saved" than the esteemed Boston University journalism professor, who touched so many lives with his professional writing skills and love of the sport. Although I met him only briefly a few years ago, he made my year when he recognized my name and acknowledged my own meager contributions to sports journalism.

"Saved" is the tale of a veteran NHL goaltender who is still trying to find his balance several years after losing his wife, an aging talent who realizes that his opportunities to win the coveted Stanley Cup are dwindling. Throughout the course of this fictional season, JP Savard will have his world turned upside down both on and off the ice, as he deals with positive changes in his life (a new love) along with challenges he never really seriously considered (an unexpected trade to a bitter rival).

Falla's intricate knowledge of the sport, the position (he was a goalie) and its real-life characters serve him well in this tale of modern athletes who are in many ways, still reflective of the old time hockey pro hockey players Falla grew up admiring/folllowing and later covering as Sports Illustrated's NHL correspondent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2008
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This book is GREAT! I immediately wanted to fly to Boston to try to find JP and crew. Jack Falla has created the kind of characters you will think about long after you've finished this hysterical, action packed and yes, heartwarming book. Heartwarming? Hockey? YES - they can go together! Not to give anything away, but JP's life outside of hockey will make you cry (just a little), laugh (a lot) and make a die hard Blackhawks fan root for Boston.. AND Montreal! It's that good. All hockey fans out there - you must make your linemates read this book. I loved every, single page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Golomb VINE VOICE on March 7, 2008
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Saved is simply an engaging and fun read. Any sports fan will appreciate the sports quips and analogies that Falla has collected over a career of covering, watching and writing about the sport he loves. The characters are warm and well drawn, and the book is enjoyably well paced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Kriebel on June 11, 2008
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The summer season is rapidly approaching and many travelers will be compiling a list of books to read while on vacation. The hockey fan should consider Saved, by Jack Falla. It follows the season of Jean Pierre Savard, a goalie for the Bruins and his quest to win the Cup as his career is winding down. There are no surprises here but the book is loaded with hockey history and behind the scenes looks at the life of a professional hockey player. Falla covered the NHL for many years for Sports Illustrated and he brings the reader into the locker room, the rink and lives of these fictional characters.
At first Jean Pierre (JP) appears to be the main character as the first thirty pages focus on his background information, how he became a goalie and his college career then launches into present day. We are introduced to his best friend and teammate Cam Carter, get a glimpse of JP's personal life which includes a Ferrari and a lot of sex, which should entice the male reader to pick up the book. However, as the book progresses the real main character becomes evident, the hockey culture and game. Hockey is all JP has ever known and as the end of his career looms, he is terrified by the prospect of not knowing what to do with the rest of his life. Three concussions during the season cannot deter him from his need to keep playing, even with a warning from his fiancée Faith McNeil, a former college classmate and hotshot basketball player, now a dotcom millionaire and doctor.
My husband obviously has done a good job over the past eight years because I was familiar with the majority of the names, terms and events mentioned in the book and some basic hockey knowledge does make the book more pleasurable.
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