304 pages, 8.12 × 5.19 × 0.82 in
May 1, 2007
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676976522
ISBN - 13: 9780676976526
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Chapter One Parry SoundOn the river, he could skate forever. No barrier but the banks and the horizon, the ice stretching far out into the bay. Soon enough, the cold seemed to disappear, even for the boy who always insisted on lacing up barefoot – it just felt better, more natural, that way. Take the puck, and try to hold it. Keep away. Offer it up, then pull it back, tuck it behind the blade, make it disappear. Sleight of hand, sleight of feet. Learn to keep your head up, your eyes forward, feel the puck on your stick, don’t look down. Speed up, change direction, the motion natural, deceptive, economical, graceful. No churning legs or laboured strides, even on beat-up, second-hand skates. He is smaller than the rest, a skinny kid, scrawny, no meat on his bones at all. But they can’t get near him, even though it looks as if he isn’t working hard, as if he is shifting through the gears in automatic – one speed, then another, then another. Size and muscle are of no use, without corners, without ends, without limits. There are no coaches standing by, waiting to impose their will. No parents shouting at the side. No drills, no repetition, but rather every rush is an improvisation, a jazz solo, a flight of the imagination. And when the boy is clear of them all, or alone by choice, when all he faces is open ice, the other sounds of his world disappear, the intermittent hum of small-town traffic, the rumble of distant factories, the angry shouts at home. Just the scrape and gouge of
From the Publisher
The book that hockey fans have been waiting for: the definitive, unauthorized account of the man many say was the greatest player the game has ever seen.
The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in all of sports. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know the mystique and tradition surrounding Boston's immortal defenseman. In the glory years of the Original Six, he and Gordy Howe were the Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio of their sport with equally as rabid a following. In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada's premier sportswriter gives us a compelling and graceful look at the life and time of Bobby Orr that is also a revealing portrait of the game and a county in transition.
About the Author
Stephen Brunt is one of Canada’s premier sportswriters and commentators. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Millions of Canadians of a certain age can remember The Goal: Orr flying through the air after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Bruins in 1970. Though a legend, the man himself has always been elusive, but Brunt gives us a glimpse into what makes him tick.” National Post “Stephen Brunt doesn’t find Bobby Orr but he brings us closer to our long-gone hero. It’s a wonderful book with prose as fluid and as fine as that of an early David Halberstam. The atmosphere of the times is drawn in such a way as to make the reader feel part of the proceedings. The author moves the words with the ease with which the subject moved his skates.” The Globe and Mail “Anyone who has heard Don Cherry, or others, sing the praises of the pride of Parry Sound knows that [Bobby Orr] occupies a special place in hockey memories.” Toronto Star “Searching for Bobby Orr [is] not only one of the best hockey books ever, but a book that transcends hockey.... Some, then, might consider Orr’s story to be ultimately a sad one: all-too-brief brilliance followed by an extended anticlimax. Brunt’s eloquent study, admiring but never sycophantic, indicates that he isn’t one of them, and he makes a convincing case.” Edmonton Journal “Stephen Brunt, recognized as one of the premier sports writers in Canada, explores not only what made Orr so great but also delves into the private side of the legend as thoroughly as one can do without the direct input of the subject in Search