Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players


Profiles, stories, artifacts and archival images of every player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The greatest individual honor that can ...

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Profiles, stories, artifacts and archival images of every player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The greatest individual honor that can be bestowed upon a professional hockey player is to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players celebrates each and every player who has been so honored since the first class in 1945, and all the way to the class of 2013.

Here are just a few of the Hockey Hall of Fame's most famous inductees:

  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Bobby Orr
  • Maurice Richard
  • Guy Lafleur
  • Patrick Roy
  • Tim Horton
  • Johnny Bower
  • Ken Dryden
  • Mark Messier
  • Frank
  • Brett Hull
  • Steve Yzerman
  • Joe Sakic

Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players also features artifacts and memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame's extensive archive, including: Bill Barilko's Stanley Cup-winning puck (the last goal he ever scored), Wayne Gretzky's record-setting 802nd goal puck and Mario Lemieux's 1987 Canada Cup jersey.

Complete with more than 300 photos and 100 artifacts — as well as stats, facts, quotes and other interesting stories and snapshots from each star's career — Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players is the definitive book on the stars who have been awarded hockey's most prestigious honor.

The Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum in Toronto, Ontario, honors and preserves the history of ice hockey and those who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in the development of the game.

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Editorial Reviews (The Tampa Tribune) - Bob D'Angelo
Imagine walking through the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto with your own personal tour guide, an authoritative voice that gives you the history and the story behind each member. That's the effect readers will get when poring through Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players. Every player inducted into the Hall of Fame, since the inaugural class of 1945 and through this year, is included. The book contains more than 450 photographs and an additional 100 snapshots of hockey artifacts, plus colorful graphs and charts. There are player quotes and sidebar stories that make for fascinating reading... It's a hefty book, crammed with facts, stories and vintage black-and-white photographs. If you're a hockey fan with a sense of history, this coffee table-sized book is perfect to thumb through... If you cannot make it to the Hockey Hall of Fame, this book is the perfect substitute.
Edmonton Sun
Another great coffee table entry compiled by the kids from the Hall packed with photos and stats of the honoured members.
Guelph Mercury
Amazing new photos straight from the Hall of Fame archives as well as strong writing and sidebar features.
Vancouver Sun
This is all the fun of touring the Hockey Hall of Fame without having to visit Toronto.
Winnipeg Free Press
Who's the best hockey player ever? Best left winger? These are the shorts of questions that, despite being impossible to answer, have fuelled endless debate among puck fans for generations. The Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players won't likely resolve any of those argument, but it'll certainly make anyone who reads it much better prepared for the next Who's best? faceoff at the local watering hole.
Library Journal
This is the latest in a series of books by Cameron (Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies) mining the memorabilia held in the Hockey Hall of Fame (Toronto) in order to enliven the character of your typical sports stats book. The book's main section, divided by position, presents each player (A–Z) who has been inducted since the first "class" in 1945, including number(s) worn, applicable team(s) played on, career highlights, and a photograph and a quotation (either by or about the player). Featured alongside many of these entries are photos of memorabilia and short vignettes about some of the more memorable characters in hockey. The second section contains the season-by-season statistics—goals, assists, points, etc.—for nongoalies, and shutouts, wins, losses, ties, etc., for goalies. The work is attractive both for looking up players and as a handy statistical reference. It invites comparison with Sports Illustrated's The Hockey Book, but this one focuses more on statistics and less on stories. VERDICT A must-have for hockey lovers, this title will also appeal to fans of sports memorabilia and photography.—Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Libs., Montreal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770852242
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 780,197
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Cameron is an editor, hockey player and fan with numerous sports titles to his credit, including Hockey Hall of Fame Treasures and Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies. He is also a published author with one book, The Canadian Book of Beer. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Left Wing
Right Wing

Hockey Leagues
Player Profile Index
Photo Credits

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Hockey is a spellbinding game to witness. It is rough-and-tumble and skilled and beautiful all at once. Watching elite hockey is like looking into a fire — the continuous flow of the action rarely stops long enough for the viewer to look away. The goalies, defensemen, forwards, referees, coaches and spectators — all the moving parts of the game — blend into a seamless wave of defensive stands and offensive opportunities.

But, as in every other sport, there are a few who break away from the pack, demand to be noticed and completely master the game. Because hockey is a team sport that requires cooperation and selfless play, a single player who can take over the game is the rare exception, and when they appear, they invariably grab the spotlight. Those few dominant players, like magicians, make what every other player toils to accomplish during the push and pull of the game look easy.

The very best of the best, the players who break the mold and stand out from all the rest, are honored with induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Of the thousands of people who have played the sport at an elite level, these are the chosen few who, through their sublime skill and their immeasurable character, leadership and drive, have managed to rise above the rest. They are the ambassadors of hockey.

Among them are virtuosos whose novel approach to the game forever changed how it is played. There are the great leaders who pushed their teams to even greater successes, and there are the consistently great performers who found a way, night in and night out — on poor teams and on great ones — to raise the bar for themselves and everyone else.

All of the players in the Hockey Hall of Fame exemplify what it takes to be great. Some have played in All-Star games, others have won individual awards and others have won championships — and for many of the men and women presented here, they have done it all. But the greatest contribution these players have made to the sport might simply be that their on-ice exploits captured our imaginations. The men and women in the following pages have become our heroes and heroines, and as a result they have spawned generation after generation of new hockey fans and, subsequently, hockey stars, each one a little different from the rest.

Please enjoy this collection of the best of the best — the players of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

— Steve Cameron, editor

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