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Messier Hardcover – September 1, 2003

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“Klein is obviously an admirer, but also strives for balance....the definitive Moose story.”
–Toronto Star


From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"A week after the Stnaley Cup was paraded around the Northlands ice, Jack Falla wrote an article for Sports Illustrated in which he heralded the coming of age of the cocky young Oilers. Falla enthused that 'the Oilers may well have launched a new era in the pro game,' adding that'the sleek may yet inherit the ice.' "Perhaps so, but by voting to award Mark Messier the Conn Smythe Trophy, the hockey reporters seem to have concluded that, if the sleek were truly to inherit the ice, they would still need a big, combative hustler to lead the way." - from Messier --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572435917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572435919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Messier the player is one of those guys I always loved to hate, but it's so rare to find a hockey book that's actually WELL WRITTEN I had to pick this up. Klein and Reif's previous books always excelled in that way, operating on a level way above most sports authors, and Klein, solo here, does not disappoint. Impressive research gets you as close to the reclusive Moose as you'll ever get, and reveals a more complex, appealing figure than I expected. Exhaustive, but never exhausting. A smoothe, engaging, colorful read. Highly recommended.
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There I was, lying in the Italian sun reading about one of the greatest hockey players ever. Hardly a good preset to enjoy such a book but I tried it anyway.

The first thing you should know is that Mark Messier himself did not bother with the writing of this book. Messier doens't like to talk about his personal life and preferrably keeps it out of sight. With this, the book loses its personal touch so much other biographies have where the person is involved.

Everybody who's a hockey fan knows the player Messier. Those who saw him play remember the leader Messier. Unfortunately, this book doens't show you the person Messier enough. But then again, what are the alternatives...
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I've read a good number of hockey books, not necessarily many biographies, but this one was a pretty bad read. It basically reads as a long Wikipedia entry detailing his achievements and statistics of each season and playoffs combined with quotes and stories from newspapers. Very little insight into his intensity and personality is revealed.

I realize Mr. Messier was not a part of this book, and that made it difficult (if not impossible) to really delve into him beyond statistics, but at the end the book was a pretty bland and dry read.
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I've read several Messier Books the past few years & this one I think was the most open & Honest, while mostly every book can deavle deep into the highlights of Messiers career & early childhood, Klein takes it a step further & really gets into Messiers early years such as his childhood & relationship with his parents & siblings, As well as his early playing days with the Oilers, it's a true depection of how he was just a kid growing up & did kid things, some good some stupid such as his Drunk Driving Areest in Edmonton while he was playing with the Oilers, it makes him out to be a mere man that grows into a living legend, not just the Legend itself.

Klein also peels away some of the layers of that immortal Legend, in particular Messiers power struggle with Neil Smith that Led to Neil Smith letting Messier walk & sign as a free agent with the Vancover Canucks, a move that siginaled the end of both Mens ultimate sucess in the NHL, the book takes you behind the secenes into a dysfunctional Vancover Canuck Locker room to which Messier was an easy target & got all the blame for there failures, but recived little or no credit for there future sucess, somthing that many of the current & past players on the Canucks give him credit for helping turn that Franchise around.

All & all an easy read, but very intresting, Well worth it.
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Format: Hardcover
Love him or hate him (and I love him), Mark Messier was the total hockey player. He could skate, shoot, score, play D and handle himself when the going got tough. The book does a great job of capturing the man who could almost will his team to win by his presence and his play. Klein does a great job of illustrating Messier's "lead by example." mentality. He also paints a fascinating picture of a guy who isn't just a jock, but is well-read, articulate, wears his heart on his sleeve and isn't afraid to shed some tears. I also appreciated the fact that, like anyone, he has shortcomings, and the author didn't overlook them. Any hockey fan will find this book ranks right up there with all the best hockey books.
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