The Devil And Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend

The Devil And Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend

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by Gare Joyce
     
 

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An award-winning writer sets the record straight on hockey's forgotten golden boy--Bobby Hull

In his prime, few could dispute Bobby Hull's athletic brilliance--the first to have five 50-goal seasons, the highest scorer on the 1976 Canada Cup team, the first to use the slapshot as a scoring weapon, and the first hockey player to sign a

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An award-winning writer sets the record straight on hockey's forgotten golden boy--Bobby Hull

In his prime, few could dispute Bobby Hull's athletic brilliance--the first to have five 50-goal seasons, the highest scorer on the 1976 Canada Cup team, the first to use the slapshot as a scoring weapon, and the first hockey player to sign a million-dollar contract. With his body-builder torso, and his 100 mph volleys across a rink, the world of hockey glory was his to lose. And he did. With his publicized marital troubles and his defection from the NHL to the WHA, Hull's star began to fall, leaving him broke and in exile from the game.

In The Devil and Bobby Hull, this once great hockey player and pioneer is finally given his due. Not only are Hull's remarkable on-ice achievements finally put in perspective, so, too, are his achievements off the rink--including endorsements for a wide array of products (rare for an NHL player) and his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record four times. And the book details how Hull's battle with the owners of the Chicago Blackhawks--challenging the reserve clause in his contract, a move that enabled him to move to the WHA--helped other players follow him.

A candid look at one of hockey's most gifted and controversial figures, The Devil and Bobby Hull tells the story of his extraordinary career and life--and why this remarkable man has not faded into oblivion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443429795
Publisher:
HarperCollins Canada
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
945,913
File size:
350 KB

Meet the Author

Gare Joyce has written for ESPN The Magazine and espn.com for the last six years and has been a columnist with the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen. Seven of Joyce's stories have appeared on the "notable list" in the Best American Sports Writing Series. He has won four National Magazine Awards and been a finalist 20 times in categories ranging from sports to science, politics to arts, and column-writing to memoir. Joyce is the author of five books.

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The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
smgardien More than 1 year ago
This book unfairly punishes Bobby for the break-up of his marriage and for all of the problems that he had with the Blackhawks' management. Every pro-hockey player should thank Bobby Hull for all of his efforts in promoting the WHA and enabling NHL hockey players to make salaries comparable to pro athletes in other sports. I knew Bobby Hull briefly during my college hockey days when Bobby was again living in the Chicago area. All I can say is that Bobby was always a real gentleman with my teammates and I and a great ambassador for the game (I believe whatever transpired in his personal life is not our business).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Bobby Hull's family has a problem with Bobby Hull, then that is their business. This book could have focused on the great story of how Bobby changed more of the game OFF the ice than on it. Going to the WHA and Winnipeg was a revolution at the time. It changed the game a lot. I've never met Bobby Hull but his personal life is about as interesting to me, as my personal life is to him, which is to say not at all. One thing we both have in common is we've never been voted the Husband of the Year.