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Why Is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux's Swimming Pool?: How Winners Celebrate with the World's Most Famous Cup Paperback – September 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572434406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572434400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roberta A. Serechin on May 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a great way to pass time between playoff rounds. Mr Allen had done his research. I can't watch Bill Clement without laughing so hard from his recollection of the Flyers Victory parade. A touching story is also included about Rocket Richard and his famed input on the Cup lore. Also a surprising and VERY sentimental touch of Pat Verbeek's day with the Cup in 1999. It's nice to see guys like him with even more reverence for the Cup.
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What do hockey players do with the Stanley Cup after winning the most cherished trophy ? That's what author Kevin Allen wrote about in the book Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux's Swimming Pool?: How Winners Celebrate With the World's Most Famous Cup. With each player getting twenty-four hours to spend with Lord Stanley's Cup the cup comes back with a lot of bizarre memories.

The book takes you through the long journeys that they Stanley Cup endures. It takes you to many foreign countries like Russia and Canada, to the pool of Mario Lemieux or even to Cornell with Joe Nieuwendyk to visit his blind college professor. The book describes how meaningful winning the Stanley Cup is to hockey players. Long after the final game the players still have the same emotions with the Stanley Cup as they did the day they raised it over their heads. The book includes many players stories of when they won the Cup from the likes of Maurice Richard to more recently Brett Hull.

I highly recommend to those hockey fanatics who just can't get enough hockey. This book defiantly makes you want to keep reading and once you start you will not be able to put it down. Every time I see the precious trophy I always think back to this book and all the unusual things that the athletes did with the Stanley Cup.
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Have not read it yet, as it was a gift to best friend going through tough times and learning hockey, which I love. I'm rating 5 stars because I know the stories alone are well worth the read, especially leading off with Mario Lemieux and his swimming pool.
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Although the book may be outdated, it provides you an era in hockey where the passion of the sport was not yet littered by multi-year million dollar contracts and teams gave their heart. I miss these days.
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This is one of the coolest books I have ever read. Being a hockey nut, I just ate these stories up like no tomorrow. You don't need to be a crazy fan like myself to enjoy the stories though. The Stanley Cup is definately the most well traveled hunk of silver around and its story is still being written. The Cup means so much more that just winning and this book illustrates just how important it is to people and just how uncontrollably happy they can become when they raise it over their heads. One of these days, when I get my day with the Stanley Cup, I hope to be featured in a book just like this.
In general, this book is a unique collection of fascinating stories that have been compiled for over one hundred years. No hockey fan should be without this and I highly recommend it too anyone who is looking for an easy going and enjoyable book.
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By A Customer on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of hockey, this is a must! I couldn't put it down. One story after another, after another. Next time you see the Cup, you'll think back to all of the hilarious things the Cup's been through. Five star, double thumbs up!
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Oh, man.....after reading this book I'd give anything to see and touch the Stanley Cup. I always looked at it with awe but after reading this stories compiled by Kevin Allen, I appreciate the Cup even more.As he says, it's the most recognizable and meaningful trophy in all of sports.

The book gives us a number of short stories of how players reacted to winning it after capturing NHL championships. The fun really gets going when you read about the players taking it around to their friends places and to parties where unspeakable things happened to it! Man, this Cup has been through a lot.

I appreciated the funny stories in the book but was even more impressed with the touching stories. To some, like the fathers and mothers who got up at 4 a.m. to drive their kids to hockey practices year-after-year, seeing their now-grownup son hold this Cup can't do anything but bring tears of joy. I know I got choked up reading some of this.

This is a wonderful book....and very readable.
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