Messier

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New York Times editor and hockey expert Jeff Z. Klein looks at the career of one of hockey's most commanding and intriguing personalities.

We all know the larger-than-life Messier, the steely-eyed gladiator surrounded by an aura of near-magical charisma and menace, the Bad Cop to Gretzky's Good Cop in Edmonton, the captain who promised -- and delivered -- a game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the '94 Eastern Conference finals, the ...
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Overview

New York Times editor and hockey expert Jeff Z. Klein looks at the career of one of hockey's most commanding and intriguing personalities.

We all know the larger-than-life Messier, the steely-eyed gladiator surrounded by an aura of near-magical charisma and menace, the Bad Cop to Gretzky's Good Cop in Edmonton, the captain who promised -- and delivered -- a game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the '94 Eastern Conference finals, the centre of the “My Canada includes Messier” controversy before the '98 Olympics. He has the third-highest points total in NHL history and the highest points and goals totals among current players.

But Jeff Z. Klein takes us beyond the headlines and the statistics. We meet a Messier who is not only a leader and a warrior, but a contemplative student of philosophy, a generous contributor to children's hospitals, and a man who has a complex emotional life.

Drawing on his incisive understanding of the game of hockey, his contacts within the NHL, and his familiarity with the New York Rangers, Klein gives us an intimate look at the man who just may be the most fascinating player in hockey and the greatest leader in all sport.
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“Klein is obviously an admirer, but also strives for balance....the definitive Moose story.”
–Toronto Star
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572437685
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 688,845
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeff Z. Klein is an editor with the New York Times Magazine and is the former sports editor of the Village Voice. He is the author of four previous books, including The Coolest Guys on Ice and The Death of Hockey.
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New York Times editor and hockey expert Jeff Z. Klein looks at the career of one of hockey’s most commanding and intriguing personalities.
We all know the larger-than-life Messier, the steely-eyed gladiator surrounded by an aura of near-magical charisma and menace, the Bad Cop to Gretzky’s Good Cop in Edmonton, the captain who promised -- and delivered -- a game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the ’94 Eastern Conference finals, the centre of the “My Canada includes Messier” controversy before the ’98 Olympics. He has the third-highest points total in NHL history and the highest points and goals totals among current players.
But Jeff Z. Klein takes us beyond the headlines and the statistics. We meet a Messier who is not only a leader and a warrior, but a contemplative student of philosophy, a generous contributor to children’s hospitals, and a man who has a complex emotional life.
Drawing on his incisive understanding of the game of hockey, his contacts within the NHL, and his familiarity with the New York Rangers, Klein gives us an intimate look at the man who just may be the most fascinating player in hockey and the greatest leader in all sport.

Author Biography: Jeff Z. Klein is the author of Mario Lemieux (1995), and the hockey fan’s manifesto The Death of Hockey (1998) and co-author of The Coolest Guys on Ice (1996) and The Hockey Compendium (1987, 2001). Though a life-long Sabres fan, the peak moment of his life occurred on June 14th, 1994, when he drank champagne out of the Stanley Cup in the dressing room of Messier’s victorious Rangers.

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Table of Contents

Career Statistics
Introduction

Hallsy
Not Exactly Wayne Gretzky
A Long Road to Climb if You Want to Rock and Roll
Fast, Hard, and Out of Control
Apotheosis of the Moose
Goodbye to All That
The Coach Killer
The Messiah
Paradise Lost
The Last Fine Time
The Two Captain Canucks
Back to New York
At Ground Zero
The Messiah in Winter

Bibliography and Acknowledgments
Credits
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Leadership, Charisma, and Reckless Abandon

    Anyone who cares about hockey will be fascinated by this insightful biography of a living legend. Klein writes beautifully and really knows his stuff.

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