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Sawchuk : the troubles and triumphs of the world's greatest goalie
Dupuis, David Michael, 1958-
Publication Information:
Toronto, Canada : Stoddart ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Distributed in the U.S. by General Distribution Services, Inc., 1998.
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xxiii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Few could beat Terry Sawchuk on the ice. To those who played against him in the NHL, he was a legend long before his tragic death. Goalies, as any hockey player will tell you, are a different breed; even among other goalies, Terry Sawchuk stood alone. David Dupuis examines Sawchuk's meteoric rise to the highest echelon of goaltending, but also ventures beyond the dressing rooms and press conferences into his family life and off-ice battles with alcohol and rage. Dupuis closely examines Sawchuk's battles against the Original Six, and tells anecdotes of some of hockey's greatest players. Dupuis also solves the mystery of Sawchuk's death after his off-ice fight with New York Ranger teammate Ron Stewart.

Author Notes

David Dupuis, a journalist and the author of The Legend of Kitchikewana, had exclusive access to the Sawchuk family in his research for this book. He has taught goaltending at the Don Hayes Hockey Schools. Dupuis is married with two children, and lives in Penetanguishene, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Saturday Afternoon in Chicagop. xiii
1 They Called Him Butchp. 1
2 Climbing the Ladderp. 12
3 The Kid Has Itp. 26
4 The Greatest Season Everp. 41
5 Shutouts and Setbacksp. 56
6 Wedding Bellsp. 69
7 Another Championship Seasonp. 79
8 The Dynasty Endsp. 91
9 Early Departurep. 104
10 The Long Road Homep. 122
11 Mr. Relaxationp. 137
12 The Man in the Maskp. 151
13 The Record Breakerp. 163
14 Sharing the Limelightp. 178
15 The Last Hurrahp. 191
16 King Terryp. 216
17 Last Days in Detroitp. 233
18 To Catch a Falling Starp. 244
19 Love, Pat and the Kidsp. 256
20 A Wake to Rememberp. 269
21 Number Onep. 277
Appendix I The Goaliesp. 285
Appendix II Terry Sawchuk's Shutoutsp. 287
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 293