“The Great One” weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him.
From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed “The Great One,” he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has—but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.
For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid, the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.
Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total more than two hundred points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held sixty-one separate NHL records (forty regular season, fifteen playoff, and six All-Star)—and still holds most of them today. His honors include 31 Hart, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Lester B. Pearson, and Lady Byng trophies and awards.
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.
Table of Contents
1 The First Hockey Star 1
2 In The Beginning 13
3 Tex's Rangers and the Leafs 19
4 The Bruins 27
5 The Hawks 33
6 The Wings 39
7 The Original Six 47
8 The Stanley Cup 55
9 The Vezina 63
10 The Lady Byng 67
11 The First All-Star Game 75
12 Fire In His Eyes 81
13 The Forgotten Miracle 95
14 The Greatest of Them All 101
15 Willie O'ree 115
16 Stand Firm 121
17 The Second Six 131
18 Black, White, and Silver 135
19 The St. Louis Blues 149
20 The Minnesota North Stars 159
21 The Oakland Seals 171
22 The Pittsburgh Penguins 181
23 The Philadelphia Flyers 187
24 The World Hockey Association 199
25 The Summit Series 223
26 Inside the Miracle 237
27 The 1984 Canada Cup 249
28 The 1987 Canada Cup 257
29 The 1991 Canada Cup 271
30 The 1998 Winter Olympics 281
31 The Culture of Winning 295
32 Hockey on the Island 321
33 Only the Good Die Young 331
34 The Last Dynasty 343
35 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 363
36 "I Just Love to Play" 373
Photo Credits 383
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not a life story type book This isn't going to be a read where the author takes you through each phase of his life. If you want to get a great deal of background and history of why hockey does things the way they do, how traditions got started, how the original franchies came to be and what expansion meant to the league, this is a good place to start. Gretz is going to tell you about some of his inside action, but it isn't a complete recap of his best games or something. He doesn't spend a lot of time telling you how he decided to pull the trigger on his most famous shots or that type of thing. You will learn who some of his favorite players were /are. You will pick up on what 'barns' he liked to play in. In other words, The Game is more important than HIS place in it. This is a good read to talk about hockey so don't go into it thinking it is Gretz all the time. Pretty straight forward, hockey read, a lot about the game, players, traditions, kind of a hockey history read.