Gordie: A Hockey Legend

Gordie: A Hockey Legend

by Roy MacSkimming

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The author of Cold War shoots and scores with the only full-length biography to cover the entire playing career of the Red Wings’ superstar.
Before Gretzky, before Russians played in the National Hockey League, before multimillion-dollar salaries, there was Gordie Howe: the greatest star ever to play hockey. This richly illustrated, thoroughly researched and completely unauthorized biography takes readers behind the sports icon to reveal a man who remains immensely popular with young and old.
The Howe legend begins on the frozen sloughs of Saskatchewan, where a painfully shy boy from a poverty-ridden family discovered his one advantage in life: major athletic talent. Signed by the Detroit Red Wings at 16, Howe joined celebrated teammates Sid Abel, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk and Red Kelly to forge a team that dominated the NHL as only the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers have since. Six-time leading scorer, six-time Hart Trophy winner as the most valuable player, Howe surpassed Rocket Richard’s NHL goals record to reach an amazing total of 801, unmatched for years until finally Gretzky caught up to his mentor and idol.
“Far superior to the hero-worshiping, gee-whiz, then-we-played, ghostwritten autobiographies so popular today . . . Must reading for hockey fans.” —Booklist
“A very impressive book . . . thoughtful, well-written and marvelously evocative of the era when the NHL had only six teams and the Red Wings were one of the best . . . an excellent biography.” —The Sporting News

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771000611
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 07/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 885,215
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Roy MacSkimming is a sometime defenseman (shoots left), hockey dad and lifelong hockey fan as well as a writer and consultant. Formerly book columnist for the Toronto Star and sports writer for the Ottawa Citizen, he has written numerous magazine articles, two novels, Formentera and Out of Love, a non-fiction book, Canadian Publishing, and is coauthor of the self-help book On Your Own Again. He lives in Ottawa.

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