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A Season in Time: Super Mario, Killer, St. Patrick, the Great One, and the Unforgettable 1992-93 NHL Season Hardcover – October 15, 2012

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The Greatest Game: The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army and the Night That Saved Hockey

"Simply put, this is one of the best hockey books written since Ken Dryden's The Game and Dryden and Roy MacGregor's Home Game."
Toronto Sun

"You can feel the tension, sense the drama, almost see the brilliance taking place on the Forum ice."
— Montreal Gazette

"Denault's amazing research creates a real gem of a text as he looks at the state of hockey at that time. This is a great history text that offers so much more than just a look at a single match of hockey."

For many hockey fans, the mere mention of the 1992-93 season and the playoffs that followed elicit both powerful and still-vivid memories, more so than any other NHL season in recent memory. Two decades later that extraordinary season is fondly remembered as the year that Mario Lemieux, the sport's most dominant player, courageously conquered his greatest opponent yet—cancer—and still emerged as the NHL's Most Valuable Player. For Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey history, the 1992-93 season began with him on the sidelines, his unparalleled career in doubt, and ended with him summoning all his skills and prowess for one last glorious run at the Stanley Cup. In Toronto, 1992-93 represented a rebirth, as the Maple Leafs, led by a determined Doug Gilmour, took their long-suffering fans to the verge of the unthinkable. Down the road, the Montreal Canadiens fashioned the most remarkable spring in their incomparable playoff history, on the shoulders of their extraordinary goaltender, Patrick Roy.

Featuring interviews with Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Wendel Clark, and more than one-hundred other players, coaches, executives and media members, and based on extensive primary research, Todd Denault expertly chronicles all the action, the controversy, the record-breaking performances, and the memorable moments that made up the unforgettable 1992-93 NHL season. The story that emerges is of a year quite unlike any other in hockey's long history, in which the unexpected and the improbable came to pass. A remarkable season that saw greatness confirmed, magnificence affirmed and where legends were born.

A Season in Time.

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"A well-researched and thorough examination of the life of an extraordinarily talented hockey player and complex man."
—Al Strachan has been writing about the NHL for more than 35 years and is the co-author of Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff

"This is a long overdue examination of one of hockey's pivotal players and most colourful characters—but Todd Denault has made the wait worthwhile."
—Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail columnist and bestselling co-author of Home Game (written with Ken Dryden)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 18 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118118332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118118337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Despite the over-reliance when quoting journalists to fall back on the Toronto media mafia on non-Leaf related stories, this book shines. The author picked a truly great season, even if you're like me sick of those flukey Hab Cup runs.
In the '92/93 season check out what happened:
--In June of '92 Eric Lindros is drafted #1 and the fun and games begin with the Quebec Nordiques trading him to both the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. When all is said and done, Lindros becomes a Flyer and so it begins with his rookie season in '92/93.
--The NHL expands and two new teams are added in the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Ottawa proceeds to go almost the entire season without winning on the road until winning their last road game. Tampa, on the other hand, use a female goalie, Manon Rheaume, as a publicity stunt in the pre-season.)
--Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux gets cancer mid-season, undergoes chemo, returns and comes from behind to win the NHL scoring title.
--The Pens win a record 17 straight games while the San Jose Sharks lose 17 straight.
--Teemu Selanne scores 76 goals for the Winnipeg Jets to shatter the single season rookie goal-scoring record.
--Buffalo Sabres' Alexander Mogilny scores 76 as well and linemate Pat Lafontaine finishes second overall in scoring.
--Doug Gilmour in his first full season with the Toronto Maple Leafs sets a franchise record with 127 points and leads the Leafs to a return to relevance after mindnumbing decades of inflicting the rest of Canada every Saturday with their truly brutal version of hockey.
--Pavel Bure scores 60 goals and the Vancouver Canucks put mediocrity finally in the franchise's mirror once and for all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EternaLee on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My girlfriend bought me A Season in Time for Christmas and I finished it New Year's Day. I loved it! From concept to completion, it's a great literary work.

The book opened my eyes to the significance of the 1992-93 season--something I previously knew only in part.

The unfolding stories of various characters are the reason the book works. These stories are numerous, somewhat like the TV series Lost! Denault has a great way of introducing each one, returning to them, and giving them the proper weight and timing.

What a joy it must have been for the author to talk to those players, coaches, refs, and broadcasters! The book would not have been so rich without those anecdotes and reflections. The news reports of the time can't capture all those things, but the first hand interviews are great stuff. Descriptions of scoring plays are easy to envision for any real fan.

The kindness and uncanny knack of Demers, the heart of Burns (I love his quote about cops eating in donut shops to stay awake and protect people with big mouths), the determination of Lemieux, the value of Doug Gilmour, the championship leadership of Patrick Roy were highlighted as never before. I also found myself further enlightened on the Messier-Neilson feud, Fletcher's credentials, and many dynamics of the L.A. Kings.

The season represents the last one to date where a Canadian team won. Nor has there been so much scoring in any season since. It was the end of an era.
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I generally love hockey books, and let's face it - when compared to some of the other sports, there just aren't that many out there. I was really looking forward to reading this one and, while it is enjoyable, I found the writer's format to be a bit choppy and he also seemed a bit repetitive. More than a couple of times I found myself saying "hold on, I read this already." Definitely a good hockey book on what was an exciting season, but not at all one of the top hockey books I've read.
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