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Hockey Fights Of Yesteryear A Look Back On The Careers Of Classic NHL Enforcers: A Look Back On The Careers Of Classic NHL Enforcers Paperback – December 3, 2011
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While I think 'yesteryear' is a bit of a stretch for the 1990s, all right. The author seems to know his material and people quite well. It is obvious that he has watched a lot of hockey, in particular the fighting that is the book's topic. Judged by the content alone, this would be a fun book. The trouble with lots of misspellings, clumsy grammar, and other technical flaws is that they tend to obscure the presentation. That is what happens here, and it spoiled the book for me. I can't say that it was a good value, especially given that the double spacing combined with a fairly thin volume means that it doesn't contain as much information as one might imagine. This could have been so much better.
Here are some of my highlights and lowlights:
1) The author is a huge Tony Twist fan, and makes a compelling argument for him being the 90's Fighter of the Decade (although 90-93 was still owned by Bob Probert).
2) Some of the guys mentioned had heavyweight potential, but the author may have been to quick to place them at the top (Brantt Myhres, Eric Cairns, Francois Leroux, Dan Kordic)...I was in Tampa when Myhres was playing for the Lightning, and I loved watching him. Unfortunately, having some tilts with Dan Kordic didn't quite escalate him to the top of the pack!
3) The author is no fan of Chris Dingman for his lack of balance and technique. My feeling is, rather than shred him, just don't include him in the book! The bottom line is the guy showed up and fought, and for that, you have to give him credit!
4) The chapter on Paul Laus was very well done, and I think he is often overlooked as a tough guy
5) I do not think the inclusion of the Worrell/Berube incident added any value to the book, and I am not sure why it was included. "Still, it had to be difficult for Worrell to hear such a thing at the highest level of professional sports." The author spent a paragraph on this, and I think he would have been better served sticking with the fighting.
6) In the "Top 25 Fighters of the Modern Era," Cairns, McGrattan, Worrell, and McKenzie made the top ten. McSorely, Domi, Boogaard, Brashear made the top 20, and Berube was 23...Really??? Berube was five spots lower than Dan Kordic??
Overall, well done and I look forward to reading the 2nd part....
Hats off to Michael Keneski, and I highly recommend this book for Hockey Fight Fans!!!
PS- My Top Ten: (1) Probert (2) Twist (3) Dave Brown (4) Joe Kocur (5) Stu Grimson (6) Marty McSorely (7) George Laraque (8) Derek Boogaard (9) Craig Berube (10) Tie Domi/ Chris Simon