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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: #1,395,836 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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I really enjoyed this book as a hockey fan.
Susan
Falla's love for hockey is evident from cover to cover, the spirit of his backyard rink present in every on-ice scene.
Kevin M. Greenstein
The characters are warm and well drawn, and the book is enjoyably well paced.
Jason Golomb

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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 Melissa Capo Murray 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 Steev on August 7, 2010
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Read this book if you love hockey and can't hear enough about it. It's packed with hockey lore, plays, metaphors, and days in the life of fictional players. It's nobody's idea of a good novel, however. The characters are cardboard, the plot is totally Disney in that everything always works out just-so, and every setback is momentary. Hard luck backgrounds give way to lifestyles of the rich and famous. So incredible. A 'lite' read for the hockey enthusiast that tastes great and is less filling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Meek on July 9, 2008
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I loved this book! Parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny and all of it gives great insight into the minds and hearts of hockey players. Lots of good stuff that you know had to happen to someone, although I know names and locations have been changed. Also, a lot of interesting and informative bits of hockey lore. But, above all, the story is great and the characters are all three-dimensional ones. You care about them and want to know what happens next. I hope to see more hockey fiction from Mr Falla.
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