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The great defender : my hockey odyssey
Robinson, Larry, 1951- , author.
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Fenn-M&S, 2014.
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248 pages, 16 unnumbered unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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. 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.

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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.

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Library Journal Review

Any fan of the Montreal Canadiens or the New Jersey Devils will be familiar with Robinson. During his 17 years with the Canadiens, he won eight Stanley Cups and earned three more while serving as assistant coach for the Devils. Besides setting numerous records, Robinson won some of the NHL's top honors, including the James Norris Memorial Trophy (twice) and the Conn Smythe Trophy. Here Robinson and cowriter Shea (hockey history, Seneca Coll.; Toronto Maple Leafs) add their voices to the bevy of recent hockey autobiographies (Mr. Hockey: My Story, Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend, Orr: My Story). Following a brief opening describing Robinson's childhood in rural Ontario and his junior hockey career, the majority of the book describes the player's years with the Canadiens. The writing style is conversational, which gives the reader a feeling for the emotions wrapped up in these stories. There are also chapters devoted to Robinson's brief stint playing for the Los Angeles Kings and Team Canada, his coaching career, his involvement with polo, and the retirement of his jersey in Montreal. VERDICT This insider's view of one of the great hockey dynasties will appeal to anyone who loves the game.-Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Libs., Montreal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Great Defenderp. 1
Chapter 2 Marvellous Childhood in Marvelvillep. 5
Chapter 3 Playing on the Pondsp. 16
Chapter 4 Junior Achievementp. 21
Chapter 5 Caught in a Draftp. 33
Chapter 6 A Winning Welcomep. 39
Chapter 7 The Robinson Routinep. 54
Chapter 8 On the Verge of Successp. 59
Chapter 9 Bringing Down the Hammerp. 65
Chapter 10 Emotional Rescuep. 72
Chapter 11 The Best Year of Our Livesp. 77
Chapter 12 Conn Manp. 81
Chapter 13 May the Fourth Be with Youp. 87
Chapter 14 The Dynastyp. 94
Chapter 15 Larry, Moe ... and Surlyp. 101
Chapter 16 The Battles of Quebecp. 108
Chapter 17 Return to Gloryp. 115
Chapter 18 The Long Goodbyep. 124
Chapter 19 California Dreamingp. 133
Chapter 20 International Man in Historyp. 141
Chapter 21 Transitionp. 161
Chapter 22 Frustrationp. 167
Chapter 23 A Devil of a Seasonp. 172
Chapter 24 Breakdownp. 181
Chapter 25 Shark Thanksp. 190
Chapter 26 Hockey on Horsebackp. 194
Chapter 27 Reflectionsp. 200
NHL Timelinep. 215
List of Norris Trophy Winnersp. 234
Acknowledgementsp. 236
Bibliographyp. 238
Indexp. 240