Between the Pipes: A Revealing Look at Hockey's Legendary Goalies

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Some NHL goalies are great and others are intriguing, but a dozen of them are legends because they're both. In Between the Pipes, Randi Druzin profiles these athletes, revealing the traits that make each one unique.

Gump Worsley defied the laws of biomechanics by being nimble despite having a cabbage-shaped body. He was also one of the funniest men ever to start in goal. Glenn Hall used to wrestle with a trainer in the dressing room before games and Jacques Plante refused to ...

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Overview


Some NHL goalies are great and others are intriguing, but a dozen of them are legends because they're both. In Between the Pipes, Randi Druzin profiles these athletes, revealing the traits that make each one unique.

Gump Worsley defied the laws of biomechanics by being nimble despite having a cabbage-shaped body. He was also one of the funniest men ever to start in goal. Glenn Hall used to wrestle with a trainer in the dressing room before games and Jacques Plante refused to stay at a particular Toronto hotel. Despite their quirks, these 12 goalies are among the best the game has ever seen. With wit and verve, Druzin paints unforgettable portraits of these masked mavericks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
Veteran sportswriter Druzin turns an eye on hockey, in particular on its great goalies. Singled out for examination are a dozen of hockey’s best, ranging from Terry Sawchuk to Martin Brodeur. Aside from their position on the team and their exemplary levels of skill, the goalies have little in common. For every depressive like Sawchuk, there is an ebullient Gump Worsley; for every lifer like Ron Hextall, there is someone who, like goalie turned lawyer turned MP Ken Dryden, follows a path away from hockey; and for every obsessive fan like Patrick Roy, there are goalies like Dominik Hasek, whose relationship with pro hockey was ambivalent at best. Druzin details each net-minder’s origin and career, and in so doing reveals the changing face of professional hockey in the last half century. Oddly for someone with as much experience as Druzin, the writing is sometimes uneven, and the choice of details to highlight is idiosyncratic and often baffling. That said, goalies’ short biographies establish them as individuals; those unfamiliar with these grand figures will find this an engrossing read. Agent: Hilary McMahon, Westwood Creative Artists. (Nov.)
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"Druzin details each net-minder's origin and career, and in so doing reveals the changing face of professional hockey in the last half century. ...Those unfamiliar with these grand figures will find this an engrossing read."&#8212Publishers Weekly

"This is a storyteller’s book, and as such it is also a reader’s book. You don’t have to be a goaltender to enjoy it; you just have to be a reader who loves words, loves sports and appreciates the sorts of insights that will never be found in 140 characters or less."—Roy MacGregor

“Between The Pipes makes for an entertaining read that will leave even the most knowledgeable fan learning something new.” —Joe Pelletier, Hockey Books Reviews

"What this selection of goalies show is a wide range of personalities, from the super nice to the seemingly psychotic, but what they have in common is a love of the game, something that they obviously share with author Randi Druzin, who has written a great book about their lives. She has picked twelve of the best, and each profile is as winning as the player it portrays. You will wish there were more.” — Todd Simmons, SILive.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781771000147
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 296,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Randi Druzin is an author and journalist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Time magazine, and the Globe and Mail. Randi is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Women in Sports, a book that traces the history of women's sports from antiquity to the present.

Roy MacGregor has spent a lifetime playing and writing about Hockey. In 2012 he was named the media inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame and received the Elmer Ferguson Award for distinguished writing on the game. His acclaimed books on hockey include Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey which was shortlisted for the Governor-General's Award for Literature, Home Game, written with Ken Dryden, and Wayne Gretzky's Ghost.

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