Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey

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Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey

by Roy Macgregor

Random House of Canada | November 1, 2011 | Hardcover |

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The gift book of the year for hockey fans: Roy MacGregor has been called "the best hockey writer in the country," and we finally have a collection of his very best hockey writing, revised and updated.

For nearly 40 years Roy MacGregor has brought hockey, our national sport, alive on the page. From tales of the game''s greats (Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau, Marcel Dionne) to today''s stars (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Daniel and Henrik Sedin), his magazine and newspaper coverage has revealed so much about these and so many other personalities, in moments of promise, victory and defeat. While many of these stories play out on the ice, some of the most compelling take place on the home front (Mario Lemieux''s battle against cancer, the many tribulations of Bob Gainey), and MacGregor''s prose shines especially when focused on the human side of a sport defined by superhuman feats of speed, aggression and power.

Wayne Gretzky''s Ghost will be a personal book, and also a book of challenging ideas: that Wayne Gretzky, through no fault of his own, was the worst thing to happen to hockey; that CBC''s Hockey Night in Canada has lost sight of what it is; that goaltending has become a position out of all proportion to what was intended. And who could offer a better perspective on the game than a writer who, playing as a youngster, had to face an onrushing phenom from Parry Sound named Bobby Orr, or who spent a year ghostwriting a national newspaper column for the Great One himself? When it comes to hockey, Roy MacGregor has seen (and in some cases, done) it all.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: November 1, 2011

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307357414

ISBN - 13: 9780307357410

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey

Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey

by Roy Macgregor

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: November 1, 2011

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307357414

ISBN - 13: 9780307357410

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“One more year! ” the 18,500 gathered at Ottawa’s Corel Centre began to chant with 4:43 left in regulation time. “One more year! One more year! One more year!”   He heard them—he even raised his stick in salute—but he wasn’t listening. Wayne Gretzky was finished. This would be his final National Hockey League game ever played in Canada, his home country, a 2–2 tie on April 15, 1999, back when the NHL still had ties, between the Ottawa Senators and his New York Rangers. It seems a silly thing to say so many years on—“his New York Rangers”—as in Canadian eyes and hearts, and even imaginations, he is an Edmonton Oiler forever.   Wayne Gretzky was thirty-eight years old that early spring day in Ottawa. He was, by his own measure, merely a shadow of what he had once been as a player. He had 61 points for his final season— “99” retiring in 1999—whereas he had once scored 215. He was, however, still the Rangers’ leading scorer, and had several of his lesser teammates only been able to finish on the perfect tape-to-tape passes from the corners, from the back of the net, that he had delivered all this game, not only would the Rangers have easily won but his point total would have been in familiar Gretzky territory.   Still, he had missed a dozen games due to a sore disc in his back. He knew it was time. He had once said he would be gone by thirty, but his great he
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The gift book of the year for hockey fans: Roy MacGregor has been called "the best hockey writer in the country," and we finally have a collection of his very best hockey writing, revised and updated.

For nearly 40 years Roy MacGregor has brought hockey, our national sport, alive on the page. From tales of the game''s greats (Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau, Marcel Dionne) to today''s stars (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Daniel and Henrik Sedin), his magazine and newspaper coverage has revealed so much about these and so many other personalities, in moments of promise, victory and defeat. While many of these stories play out on the ice, some of the most compelling take place on the home front (Mario Lemieux''s battle against cancer, the many tribulations of Bob Gainey), and MacGregor''s prose shines especially when focused on the human side of a sport defined by superhuman feats of speed, aggression and power.

Wayne Gretzky''s Ghost will be a personal book, and also a book of challenging ideas: that Wayne Gretzky, through no fault of his own, was the worst thing to happen to hockey; that CBC''s Hockey Night in Canada has lost sight of what it is; that goaltending has become a position out of all proportion to what was intended. And who could offer a better perspective on the game than a writer who, playing as a youngster, had to face an onrushing phenom from Parry Sound named Bobby Orr, or who spent a year ghostwriting a national newspaper column for the Great One himself? When it comes to hockey, Roy MacGregor has seen (and in some cases, done) it all.

About the Author

ROY MacGREGOR is the acclaimed and bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons & Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General''s Literary Award); A Life in the Bush (winner of the US Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book and the CAA Award for Biography); and Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, as well as two novels, Canoe Lake and The Last Season, and the popular Screech Owls mystery series for young readers. A regular columnist at The Globe and Mail, MacGregor''s journalism has garnered four National Magazine Awards and eight National Newspaper Award nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was described in the citation as one of Canada''s "most gifted storytellers." His most recent book is Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him. He lives in Kanata.

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLER   “The Harper government should just go ahead and designate Roy MacGregor a national treasure and be done with it…. He’s the best writer around whose subject happens to be hockey…. MacGregor shows why he’s the best at chronicling Canada’s game.” — Ottawa Citizen   “The nation’s most incisive and interesting writer on the game and its hold on us.” — The Globe and Mail “The closest thing there is to a poet laureate of Canadian hockey.” — The Washington Post   “He brings a rare—and trust me, admirable—touch to his work.” — Edmonton Journal   “MacGregor has a unique ability to balance objective reportage with a keen, emotional core; he has a good eye for the human interest angle, which intensifies his editorial thrust, rather than distracting from it.” — Ottawa Citizen   “Roy MacGregor’s friendly wit, acute observations, sympathy for people, innate curiosity, delightful modesty, and love of country have made him the reader of our national soul and diviner of our foibles, par excellence.” —Jeffrey Simpson   “Peter Gzowski’s gone and both Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson are a bit too young yet, so that should probably hand the print title of Captain Canada to Roy MacGregor—if he weren’t so deserving of it anyways, for both craft and heart.&rdquo
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