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99: Stories of the Game Hardcover – October 18, 2016
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“The Great One delivers a personal history of the National Hockey League...Gretzky’s sense of his sport’s history rings clearly throughout these pages, as if he is the tour guide of a museum in which he also has created some of the best art...This enjoyable book provides an overview that will educate longtime fans and relative newcomers alike.”—Kirkus Reviews
“One of the most enjoyable hockey books to be published in many years.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Arguably the best player in the history of hockey, [Gretzky] has written a warm and enthusiastic collection of memories and stories. This book showcases some of hockey’s best moments through the keen eyes of an avid student, lover, and ambassador of the game. VERDICT: Essential for all hockey fans, old and new.”—Library Journal
“Wayne Gretzky’s 99 glides across a lifetime of high sticks and higher stakes.”—Vanity Fair
About the Author
His teams included the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1988, including four Stanley Cups), the Los Angeles Kings (1988–1996, including a Stanley Cup final), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996–1999). Following his retirement, he became the ninth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his jersey number retired league-wide.
Among his activities since, he has been minority owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and executive director of Canada’s 2002 gold medal-winning men’s hockey team, and is a restaurateur, winemaker, and philanthropist with his own Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.
Kirstie McLellan Day is the coauthor of the Canadian bestselling hockey memoirs Cornered (HarperCollins, 2011), with Ron MacLean; Playing with Fire (Triumph, 2010), with Theo Fleury; and Tough Guy (Triumph, 2009), with Bob Probert. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399575472
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399575471
- Product Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.38 x 9.34 inches
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed Edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is an absolutely unputdownable tour de force of sports literature genre. Probably the most eloquent summary of what the book is all about can be gleaned not from the literary reviewers, but from the author himself: "I was lucky enough to play with guys who were in the league [NHL] in the 50's and 60's... I am just one guy, and I was on ice with players who had skated in eight different decades. Through coaches and teammates and guys on other teams ... I made connections to many more. Every player does. Recently, the sons of the guys who were in the league with me have been showing up in the NHL. That's just one more way that the stories of our game come together."
And what stories! Written in a language that is as lively as the game itself, Wayne Gretzky tells the story of the game, players, coaches, managers, owners, teams, arenas, leagues, cities, and even countries... Yes, it is one story of all these many things: from the fabled "Miracle on Ice" (USA vs. USSR, 1980), to heartbreak on ice (LA Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens, 1993); from the humble beginnings of the game in North America, to it's expansion into Europe and formation of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League... What is the smallest hockey arena in NHL? ... Why is Smythe Trophy, named "Smythe" tropy?... Why is Stanley Cup, "Stanley" cup?... As it turns out, when it comes to hockey, every inside story has an inside story of its own, and there is no one better to tell it than Wayne Gretzky.
Personally, one of the most striking features of the book is the style of its narrative. The tone is that of someone who does not need to boast of his accomplishments. It is as if the reader is lucky enough to listen to "one of the guys." And, IMHO, it is that sense of humility that truly earns Mr. Gretzky the title of "The Great One."
If you are looking for tips. This isnt really the book for that but he does discuss how it comes down to Aggressiveness, passion and hard work of course.
Hockey fans and players will love this awesome hockey book by Wayne Gretzky, " The Great One"
Top reviews from other countries
Gli Original six. I Canadiens. Gli Hawks. I Bruins. La Canada Cup. I giochi olimpici. E tanti tanti episodi fondamentali nello sviluppo dell'hockey, raccontati da chi li ha vissuti da "dentro", o comunque da vicino.
So che questo libro non attrarrà l'interesse del grande pubblico, vista la pressochè inesistente diffusione dell'hockey ghiaccio in Italia, ma sono sicuro che i fans apprezzeranno quest'incredibile prova di amore verso il gioco da parte di "the great one", io non posso far altro che consigliarlo a tutti.
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