The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey

The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey

by Larry Robinson, Kevin Shea

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Legendary Canadien and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Larry Robinson takes readers rink-side in this highly anticipated and poignantly told memoir.
     Larry Robinson spent 20 seasons playing in the NHL -- seventeen with the Montreal Canadiens and retiring from the game after his final 3 seasons with the LA Kings. His great size gave his teams an incredible presence on the blue line and a tremendous defender in front of their net. But he was more than just big. He was agile, he could score and he played a style that provided both offensive and defensive strengths.
     For his effort, Robinson was twice recognized as the NHL's top defencemen and his contribution helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup six times during his tenure with the team. Never afraid to drop his gloves and play a physical game, Robinson is and will forever be regarded as one of the NHL's greatest defencemen.
     In The Great Defender, Robinson relives his road to the NHL and the unexpected NHL journey that has lasted over 4 decades. He has enjoyed the good fortune of playing with greats, including Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur to coaching the greatest of all--Wayne Gretzky. His successes as a player and coach are well-documented and in his memoir, hockey fans will now enjoy the opportunity to experience the odyssey of this legendary player as seen through his eyes, lived through his emotions, and told through his voice. Robinson's story is one of triumph and will leave readers cheering for the man fondly nicknamed "Big Bird."
     In the process of writing this book, bestselling sports writer Kevin Shea interviewed many of Robinson's teammates, colleagues, players and family members and spent countless hours with Larry himself to capture a fascinating picture of one of hockey's greatest careers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771072376
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 947,176
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

LARRY ROBINSON is the Associate Coach of the San Jose Sharks. This inducted member of the Hockey Hall of Fame played seventeen seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and 3 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He hung up his skates after having won 6 Stanley Cups, then went on to coach with the Kings, and then coached the NJ Devils to a Stanley Cup Championship before joining the Sharks in the summer of 2013. This Norris Trophy winner is widely regarded as one of the greatest defencemen to ever play in the NHL.

KEVIN SHEA is a noted hockey historian and Globe and Mail bestselling author. He sits on the Toronto Maple Leafs Historical Committee, is the Hockey Hall of Fame's writer, teaches hockey history at Toronto's Seneca College and is a frequent contributor to various publications, including The Hockey News. A Leafs' season ticket subscriber since 1984, Shea's passion for the Blue and White is immense, dating back to the origins of the franchise. He co-wrote Derek Sanderson's bestselling memoir, Crossing the Line, and is the author of Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967, Barilko: Without a Trace, Centre Ice, A Fan For All Seasons, and Over the Boards. Shea is the Associate Director of Public Relations at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and lives with his wife Nancy in Ajax, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Great Defender 1

Chapter 2 Marvellous Childhood in Marvelville 5

Chapter 3 Playing on the Ponds 16

Chapter 4 Junior Achievement 21

Chapter 5 Caught in a Draft 33

Chapter 6 A Winning Welcome 39

Chapter 7 The Robinson Routine 54

Chapter 8 On the Verge of Success 59

Chapter 9 Bringing Down the Hammer 65

Chapter 10 Emotional Rescue 72

Chapter 11 The Best Year of Our Lives 77

Chapter 12 Conn Man 81

Chapter 13 May the Fourth Be with You 87

Chapter 14 The Dynasty 94

Chapter 15 Larry, Moe… and Surly 101

Chapter 16 The Battles of Quebec 108

Chapter 17 Return to Glory 115

Chapter 18 The Long Goodbye 124

Chapter 19 California Dreaming 133

Chapter 20 International Man in History 141

Chapter 21 Transition 161

Chapter 22 Frustration 167

Chapter 23 A Devil of a Season 172

Chapter 24 Breakdown 181

Chapter 25 Shark Thanks 190

Chapter 26 Hockey on Horseback 194

Chapter 27 Reflections 200

NHL Timeline 215

List of Norris Trophy Winners 234

Acknowledgements 236

Bibliography 238

Index 240

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