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Ultimate hockey
Weir, Glenn.
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Toronto : Stoddart, [1999]

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GV846.5 .W44 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV846.5 .W44 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the spirit of widely popular sports abstract books, Ultimate Hockey, will revolutionize the way you think about this fiercely entertaining sport. From hockey's earliest days to yesterday, this book covers it all, and more Not only will you read fabulous stories about hockey's greatest stars, you'll read about the not-so-famous players who made this game what it is today, and about the off-ice antics of hockey's most notorious and most gracious players.Decade by decade, you will be thrilled to revisit your favorite hockey memories and add to them with long-buried tales of hockey lore. In a unique section that appears in every chapter, you will find out who the greatest and worst players of each era are, the fastest skaters, the most acrobatic goalies, the best snipers, who had the coolest middle name -- even the ugliest player Find out why Nels Stewart, star of the Montreal Maroons in the 1920s, was comparable to superstar of today Teemu Selanne. Read about hockey's luminaries and leadfoots, the goons and the greats, about Newsy and Duke, Baldy and One-Eyed Frank. Find out who earned the nickname The Tabasco Kid, and who fancied himself as The Embalmer.Ultimate Hockey will fuel arguments around your dinner table for years as you debate who the authors have chosen as the All-Stars of each decade, and how the stars of the past compare against today's most famous players. Ultimate Hockey is the living history of a fascinating game, and is an invaluable resource of statistics and history.

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A labor of love by the three compilers, this book about the National Hockey League begins with the League's inception in Canada during the 1800s, and is then divided into chapters by decades. Each section begins with "In a Flash," which includes composite team records, famous firsts, factual records, the authors' choices in various relevant and irrelevant categories (do we really care who was ugliest, best-looking, or baldest?), and the important rule changes of the decade. Several essays cover various events (e.g., specific Stanley Cup series). Each chapter closes with biographies of the key players of the decade. More than 140 black-and-white photographs and gray boxes with short pieces about peculiar events are interspersed throughout the book. Although the cover claims the book corrects longstanding statistical errors, no one caught the mistake in Wayne Gretsky's birth date. Its essays and anecdotal yarns make the book quite entertaining, but the decade arrangement makes it difficult to track the achievements of a particular team or player. Despite the title, fans will ultimately need another guide like Inside Sports Hockey, ed. by Zander Hollander (1998), to fill the gaps. Recommended for hockey fans at all levels. J. A. Badics; Eastern Michigan University