Blades Of Glory

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"By high school, the pressure mounted along with the stakes.
The Jaguars knew they were expected to beat the lower-ranked teams.
When you're No. 1, that means everybody..."

Under the watchful eye of pro scouts and the weight of massive expectations, seventeen young men rank No. 1 in the country. In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's classic Friday Night Lights, Blades of Glory follows these talented athletes, their coaches, their parents and ...

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Overview

"By high school, the pressure mounted along with the stakes.
The Jaguars knew they were expected to beat the lower-ranked teams.
When you're No. 1, that means everybody..."

Under the watchful eye of pro scouts and the weight of massive expectations, seventeen young men rank No. 1 in the country. In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's classic Friday Night Lights, Blades of Glory follows these talented athletes, their coaches, their parents and their fans, offering a captivating glimpse into an elite program and the triumphs and tragedies of real life.

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"The fervor with which Minnesotans celebrate hockey raises issues about sport and society that transcend Minnesota and reach into communities across the country, wherever kids play and parents cheer them to victory."
-from the Introduction

For a championship team like the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars, hockey is religion and failing to win is a sin. This is a place where kids dream of playing for the state championship from the time they can pick up a stick, and parents plan their entire social calendar around the season.

John Rosengren was given unlimited, season-long access to every harsh reality and euphoric high these teammates experienced during one full season at the top. Amid the turmoil, politics and pain, Blades of Glory draws into sharp focus the challenges of divorce, teen suicide and performance-enhancing drugs to examine what it ultimately means to win.

Though Blades of Glory follows one hockey team, this story could be set in any gym, rink or field where students train and compete, coaches holler and parents scream from the stands. This is a story of high drama and emotion; intense and poignant, it is what happens to boys with championship dreams...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402200472
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 962,703
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

John Rosengren is an award-winning journalist and author. He has written five other books, including Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win. His articles have appeared in more than a hundred publications, ranging from Sports Illustrated to Reader's Digest. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A lifelong Twins fan, John lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.

Visit him at www.johnorosengren.net

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    The 'Friday Night Lights' of the coolest game on earth!

    What to say...? This was one of the greatest sports stories I've read. I havn't really read any others but I know this is up there with the best. The book about high school hockey in the 'hockey state',a.k.a Minnesoata is captivating and raw. The tension filled ending is hard and true. You really get an insight into the world of the players and the pressures that surround the young boys. This should deffinetly be a movie--I thought that after I read it and still do today. The emotion is engaging and if you love hockey (which I do), or any sport in general you won't be let down with this gritty and exhilerating sports novel!! In a nutshell: Read it!!!!

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