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Stories of the Game

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"The Great One" weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him.

From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed "The Great One," he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has--but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.

For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid, the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.

Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780399575488
0399575480
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Day, Kirstie McLellan - Collaborator
Alternative Title: Ninety-nine

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flygt
Jun 20, 2017

If you're a hockey fan you can't not enjoy this.

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I_Am_The_Batman
Apr 05, 2017

If you're looking for a story about Gretzky's life, this is not where you should look...proves his character. He wrote a book without anything in it about himself...He writes about other hockey legends and praises them as his heros especially Gordie Howe

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mckeett
Jan 20, 2017

Actually, I found it to be a quite boring read. I loved to watch Gretzky play, and Gordie Howe was my childhood idol too. But, this book reads like " all hockey players are great guys and it all went swimmingly". There were a few interesting anecdotes about how the Soviet players showed good sportsmanship after the Canada-Russia series. In fact, the Soviets came off sounding a lot better than some of the Canadians. Like Bobby Clarke's famous slash of Kharlamov (which the Canadian coach told him to do apparently). Maybe its not possible to bring to life what it means to play hockey professionally, but I thought for example that "The Game of our Lives" by Peter Gzowski had a lot more insight. Sadly, the library doesn't have this book which is sad because this was probably Peter Gzowski's best book. Another very famous Canadian.

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Razor289
Dec 17, 2016

The Great One what else
do I have to say.
The legacy & triumphs of this man.
Gonna be a good read.

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Bookworm1562
Dec 06, 2016

In 99 Stories of the Game, Wayne Gretzky gives readers a glimpse into how much he loved the game of hockey. As he says, "Greatness in not captured in statistics. It's captured in stories." Gretzky tells us many good stories. Some are old, but many are new. A mature Gretzky shows his sincere appreciation for his predecessors, teammates, opponents and more. He does so in a very comfortable manner. You'll feel like you are sitting in a locker room.

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I_Am_The_Batman thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 9

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