Young Leafs: The Making of a New Hockey History by Gare JoyceYoung Leafs: The Making of a New Hockey History by Gare Joyce

Young Leafs: The Making of a New Hockey History

byGare Joyce

Hardcover | October 31, 2017

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An in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at how Auston Matthews and a gang of talented young hockey players are breaking from Toronto’s troubled sporting past and rekindling the city’s love for its team.

Auston Matthews made history on October 12, 2016 by becoming the first player in the modern game to score four goals in his NHL debut. It was a momentous occasion for the talented young All-Star, but it was equally important for his newly adopted city and its storied, century-old team.

That night marked the dawn of a new era for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team had a long and colourful history, and it had always been foundational to the city’s image. But years of losing seasons had tarnished the team’s reputation and left even the most diehard fans questioning their loyalty. It seemed that each passing year brought more of the same: more mediocrity, more heartbreak, more disappointment.

But the team’s management had a plan, one that would take them where others feared to go: a total rebuild. Piece by piece, they were assembling a group of young, talented players who would reshape the team. With the arrival of Auston Matthews, the team’s first overall draft pick in over twenty years, it seemed that the Leafs were ready to break with their past.

Young Leafs follows the team through that remarkable season, tracing the divergent journeys of the players leading up to their unlikely campaign. Matthews—the prodigy with the unorthodox path to the NHL. Marner—the baby-faced talent with immense skill and an infectious energy. Nylander—the son of a former hockey professional, now looking to make his own mark. Reilly—the youngster with the mind of a general. Kadri—the maturing leader once billed as the team’s saviour.

As the ups and downs of the season unfold, the team tries to overcome the ghosts of its past and write a new future, one that is far from certain. Can a group of precocious kids bond together and become winners? Will they be able to carry the hopes of a city? Most important, will Toronto finally have a reason to believe again?
Title:Young Leafs: The Making of a New Hockey HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501169874

ISBN - 13:9781501169878

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent a decent book for Leaf fans. Wasn't mind blowing, but worth a read.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wishful thinking The Leafs will never, ever win a Stanley cup. That's my prediction. That said, this book does give some incite into the building of a new team, and feeds the hopes and dreams of so many long-suffering fans that the moment will come.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok not written the best, but a great insight to the game. good read for a hockey fan
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was decent If you really love hockey, you'll love it. I guess I am not as interested in hockey as I thought.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked it I enjoyed this book, I think any hockey lover will.
Date published: 2017-10-03