The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey

Hardcover | November 4, 2014

byLarry Robinson, Kevin Shea

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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. But he was more than just big. He was agile, he could score and he played a style that provided both offensive and defensive strengths.
     For his effort, Robinson was twice recognized as the NHL's top defencemen and his contribution helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup six times during his tenure with the team. 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.
     In The Great Defender, Robinson relives his road to the NHL and the unexpected NHL journey that has lasted over 4 decades. He has enjoyed the good fortune of playing with greats, including Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur to coaching the greatest of all--Wayne Gretzky. His successes as a player and coach are well-documented and in his memoir, hockey fans will now enjoy the opportunity to experience the odyssey of this legendary player as seen through his eyes, lived through his emotions, and told through his voice. Robinson's story is one of triumph and will leave readers cheering for the man fondly nicknamed "Big Bird."
     In the process of writing this book, bestselling sports writer Kevin Shea interviewed many of Robinson's teammates, colleagues, players and family members and spent countless hours with Larry himself to capture a fascinating picture of one of hockey's greatest careers.

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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 hi...

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 Sta...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.27 × 6.32 × 1.01 inPublished:November 4, 2014Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771072368

ISBN - 13:9780771072369

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A TRUE MONTREAL CANADIANS HERO AND ALL AROUND GENTLEMAN What more can be said about this down to earth MONTREAL CANADIANS HERO ? His exemplary life and work ethics have served my generations and those that followed as lifetime lessons and examples of tenacity in the face of adversity. Where there was a way, there was a means to accomplish, especially, for THE BIG BIRD'' . He should definitely be introned into THE ORDER OF CANADA as a truly outstanding Canadian
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A TRUE CANADIAN HERO AND ALL AROUND GENTLEMAN What more can be said about this truly humble MONTREAL CANADIANS Hero ; - from grass roots to the pinnacle of the National Hockey League, he is a shining example for all Canadian generations to follow. He should be named and inducted in THE ORDER OF CANADA.
Date published: 2014-11-21