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Gordie : a hockey legend : an unauthorized biography of Gordie Howe
MacSkimming, Roy, 1944-
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Revised paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Vancouver, B.C. ; Berkeley : Greystone Books ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, 2003.
Physical Description:
xii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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GV848.5.H6 M33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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--the only full-length biography to cover Howe's entire playing career--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.

Author Notes

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.