Mr. Hockey: My Story

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The definitive autobiography from hockey?s greatest living legend??Mr. Hockey? himself, Gordie Howe.
 
 Big, skilled, tough on the ice, and nearly indestructible, Howe dominated both the sport and the record books like no one has before or since. Over an incredible six decades, the Hall of Famer had so many accomplishments that he set the record for the most records...

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Overview

The definitive autobiography from hockey’s greatest living legend—“Mr. Hockey” himself, Gordie Howe.
 
 Big, skilled, tough on the ice, and nearly indestructible, Howe dominated both the sport and the record books like no one has before or since. Over an incredible six decades, the Hall of Famer had so many accomplishments that he set the record for the most records by any athlete ever in any sport. He also achieved the remarkable feat of playing for six years with his own two sons, Mark and Marty.
 
But Howe did not inspire generations of hockey players simply by rewriting the record books. When people talk about him, it’s the man they revere even more than the player. Despite his ferocity on the ice, Howe’s name has long been a byword for decency and generosity. A family man, a man of his word, a lifelong ambassador for the game, he is a true icon, and now he takes us through it all, from his Depression-era childhood and early obstacles through the ups and downs of his spectacular career, to his enduring marriage and close relationship with his children, to his thoughts on the game of hockey today.
 
There has never been a comprehensive account of Howe’s life from the man himself. Now is the time.

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When fans reminisce about "Mr. Hockey," they are talking about one player and one player only: Gordie Howe, the 23-time NHL All-Star, six-time most valuable player, and four-time top scorer. Time and again, this prodigious rink power rewrote the record books, but until now, this octogenarian has not shared his autobiography. Mr. Hockey: My Story was worth waiting for; it reveals this fierce competitor as the gentleman and student of the game that we always believed he is. A living legend up close as never before; editor's recommendation.

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2014-09-17
A legendary hockey star, now 86, reviews his storied and stellar career.In the acknowledgements, Howe thanks Paul Haavardsrud, a Canadian journalist, "who helped to take the thoughts in my head and put them down on paper," but only Howe's name appears on the cover and title page. No assist for Haavardsrud? Regardless, this memoir is fairly conventional, beginning (after an introduction) with his birth in 1928 and proceeding chronologically. (The author appends some celebratory words from his children.) Occasionally, he pauses to comment about various hockey-related issues—hockey violence, the late-career discovery that the Detroit Red Wings (long his hockey home) had lied to him about his salary (they had assured him he was the highest paid player, but he was not), injuries (he had over 300 facial stitches), the sad economic situation in today's Detroit, and the vast differences in salaries between his day and ours. But the most interesting sections deal with his discovery of the game, his long devotion to it and his many achievements, listed at the end. Howe has kind words for his successors as the premier hockey stars: Bobby Orr (who wrote the somewhat fawning foreword) and Wayne Gretzky, whom Howe met when the Great One was only 11. Howe also writes with great fondness about his family—his parents, his wife, Colleen (who died in 2009), and his children (his two sons were hockey stars in their own rights). He greatly enjoyed his time playing on the same team with his sons and even won the World Hockey Association MVP award in their first year together in Houston. The author intersperses portions of personal letters he sent to and received from family members. Lots of action, a bit of rumination and few regrets in this unremarkable work by a most remarkable athlete.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399172915
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 165
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordie Howe played thirty-two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Houston Aeros, and New England (later Hartford) Whalers. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he had established all-time marks for goals (1,071), assists (1,518), points (2,589), games played (2,421), All-Star appearances (29), most MVPs (7), most scoring titles (6), and most seasons.

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