99: Stories of the Game (Signed Book)

99: Stories of the Game (Signed Book)

by Wayne Gretzky

Hardcover(Signed Edition)

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One of the greatest sports figures of all time salutes his heroes and takes us inside the game as few others can.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735214620
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.