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First he rewrote the record book. Now, to mark the NHL's ninety-ninth anniversary, Wayne Gretzky has written the story of our game.
In 99: Stories of the Game, Gretzky looks back on the last ninety-nine years and tells us, from his point of view, about the NHL’s most memorable moments. We already know what he means to the game. Now he shows us what the game means to him.
From hockey's fierce early battles on natural ice; through its mythical golden era, where Howe, Richard, Béliveau, Hull, Orr, and Esposito defined greatness; through the unforgettable dynasties in Montreal, New York, and Edmonton and the success stories of today’s NHL, Gretzky takes us onto the ice and into the dressing room to share never-before-published stories about the great players and great characters who have inspired him.
With the insight of someone who knows the incomparable thrill of lifting the Stanley Cup, as well as the agony of falling short against a bitter rival, Gretzky weaves in his own memories with the saga of the game that has meant so much to him.
Warm, direct, and personal, these are accounts of friendship and rivalry, triumphs and upsets, role players and heroes. All of them great stories of the game.
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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, and his honors included thirty-one major trophies and awards.
His teams included the Edmonton Oilers, with whom he won four Stanley Cups; the Los Angeles Kings, with whom he reached the Stanley Cup final; the St. Louis Blues; and the New York Rangers. Following his retirement, he became the tenth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his number retired league-wide.
He was also executive director of Canada’s 2002 Olympic gold medal–winning men’s hockey team, and is an accomplished businessman and philanthropist. He splits his time between Canada and California.
KIRSTIE McLELLAN DAY ranks among the top hockey book writers in the world thanks to four national bestsellers: Theo Fleury’s memoir Playing with Fire, Bob Probert's Tough Guy, and Ron MacLean's Cornered and Hockey Towns. Kirstie is a mother of five and is married to television producer Larry Day.
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.