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Facing Wayne Gretzky: Players Recall the Greatest Hockey Player Who Ever Lived Kindle Edition

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Länge: 240 Seiten Sprache: Englisch



"This is a very interesting project by Brian Kennedy... It is fun page turner that will take you back to hockey of the 1980s and 1990s." - Joe Pelletier,

"Facing Wayne Gretzky is a must have for hockey historians. Chances are great that you will want to revisit many of the quotes offered, and connect the dots with other hockey immortals. Thank you, Brian Kennedy for doing the work many of us desperately wanted." - Don Laible, UticaOD


Wayne Gretzky holds the records for the most goals, assists, and points scored in a career, in addition to about 60 other records. These feats, in tandem with his exceptional on-ice performances, earned him the nickname “The Great One” as well as the immediate retirement of his number (99) across the NHL at the end of his playing days. During his 10-year career with the Edmonton Oilers, Gretzky led the team to five Stanley Cup Finals appearances and four wins. After moving on to Los Angeles, he also led the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. Gretzky ended his career with the New York Rangers in 1999.

Far from a conventional biography, Facing Wayne Gretzky offers perspectives and testimonials from opponents and teammates alike, including Denis Potvin, Kelly Hrudey, Rob Blake, and many more.

Never has another hockey player achieved what “The Great One” did on the ice, and it is unlikely that one will soon. This book details what it’s like to face the best player who ever skated, illuminating his passing ability, his deceptively effective shot, and his inventiveness both with the puck and without.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 611 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Sports Publishing (14. Oktober 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KIX3VW8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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HASH(0x926bee64) von 5 Sternen Now of course this doesn't mean that I find every Gretzky book to be great (pardon the pun) but once I started reading this ... 31. August 2015
Von Jeff Duarte - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Recently I came across this book titled "Facing Wayne Gretzky," that was edited by author Brian Kennedy. Any book on the subject of the "Great One" is always going to get my attention. Now of course this doesn't mean that I find every Gretzky book to be great (pardon the pun) but once I started reading this one, I just couldn't put it down. What makes this book different than from any other hockey or sports book that I have ever read is that Brian decided to edit and piece together the opinions, personal experiences and strategies from some of the who's who of professional hockey (from players, coaches, general managers, owners and even referees) that played with or against or where involved with Wayne Gretzky in any way during his whole playing career and these opinions are raw and uninterrupted. There's no sugar coating here.

I found it fascinating to read about what current Ottawa General Manager and former Coach Bryan Murray, Legendary Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin, Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe (Gordie Howe's son), Former power forward and current executive for the Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Cam Neely, Hall of Famer Phil Housley, crafty Steve Thomas, former wild and vicious goaltender and current Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall and a lot more had to say about Gretzky when Mr. Kennedy interviewed them. Reading "Facing Wayne Gretzky" made me feel as if I was also in the same room with these guys, listening to their war stories and personal experiences with or against "The Great One." Sometimes it felt as if I was sucked into a time machine and experiencing these moments with them!

Through these stories, we learn about Gretzky and how these players, coaches etc handled (or tried to handle) Gretzky as an opponent or a teammate from his junior years and his stint with the World Hockey Association in the 1970s to his entire NHL career with the Oilers, Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, as well as his international career with Team Canada in the 80's and right to Gretzky's final year as a player in 1999. The discussions also range from their personal opinion about Wayne and what they felt made him so special or in some (very) rare cases overrated, to whether Gretzky was truly the greatest player of all time. Some even talked about the strategies they used or tried to use to stop Gretzky (and mostly failed every time) or to the strategies on how to play with Wayne if they were on the same team. Some talk about their experiences with Wayne away from the ice as well and how he is in person when away from all the limelight and cameras. They give us a first hand and on ice view of being on the same ice, team or place as Wayne Gretzky and how that must have felt like. This was brilliant.
Gretzky's Los Angeles Kings chapters were the ones the popped for me (no surprise) as Kennedy also added the opinions and experiences of the Kingdom's former Los Angeles Kings' owner Bruce McNall, former teammate and legendary LA King Dave Taylor , former teammate and LA King goaltender (and now current broadcaster for Sportsnet's Hockey Night in Canada) Kelly Hrudey , former LA King and Team Canada teammate Hall of Famer Rob Blake, Former Kings' teammate and opponent Jay Wells, legendary LA Kings' goaltender and former general manager of the Kings (at the time Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles) Rogie Vachon, former teammate and current LA Kings' color commentator Jim Fox and even the legendary and long time LA King's play by play commentator Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Miller himself, plus many, many more. This section was so entertaining and informing that I read it twice more immediately not just so I could catch everything that they were saying but because it was just so much fun. The topics here range about Gretzky's trade to LA from Edmonton and the adjustment he had to make to play for the Kings after leaving the Stanley Cup winning Edmonton Oilers, the impact he had on the Los Angeles Kings team and organization as well as hockey in California and the playoff runs they all shared with him including the 1993 run that led to the King's first ever Stanley Cup final. No LA Kings fan (or Gretzky/hockey fan in general) should miss these stories. This book is highly recommended!
HASH(0x9233e24c) von 5 Sternen Redundant 28. April 2015
Von Benjamin Seltzer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I was expecting better. It is honestly a struggle to get through 10-15 pages at a time. Every interview is very redundant, they all mostly say the same things. Would've been more intriguing as an interview for an article with bits and pieces from these guys sprinkled in.
HASH(0x9234121c) von 5 Sternen Good read for the Gretzky fanatic 22. Dezember 2014
Von J kol - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Good read for the Gretzky fanatic. I was hoping for some feedback from his Oilers Teammates. Curiously there was none. But what was there was interesting.
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