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99: Stories of the Game

99: Stories of the Game

by Wayne Gretzky


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In this sports memoir, Wayne Gretzky weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at professional hockey and the heroes and stories that inspired him.

From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed “The Great One,” he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has—but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.

For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid, the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.

Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399575471
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 150,584
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total more than two hundred points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held sixty-one separate NHL records (forty regular season, fifteen playoff, and six All-Star)—and still holds most of them today. His honors include 31 Hart, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Lester B. Pearson, and Lady Byng trophies and awards.

His teams included the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1988, including four Stanley Cups), the Los Angeles Kings (1988–1996, including a Stanley Cup final), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996–1999). Following his retirement, he became the ninth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his jersey number retired league-wide.

Among his activities since, he has been minority owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and executive director of Canada’s 2002 gold medal-winning men’s hockey team, and is a restaurateur, winemaker, and philanthropist with his own Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.
Kirstie McLellan Day is the coauthor of the Canadian bestselling hockey memoirs Cornered (HarperCollins, 2011), with Ron MacLean; Playing with Fire (Triumph, 2010), with Theo Fleury; and Tough Guy (Triumph, 2009), with Bob Probert. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

1 The First Hockey Star 1

2 In The Beginning 13

3 Tex's Rangers and the Leafs 19

4 The Bruins 27

5 The Hawks 33

6 The Wings 39

7 The Original Six 47

8 The Stanley Cup 55

9 The Vezina 63

10 The Lady Byng 67

11 The First All-Star Game 75

12 Fire In His Eyes 81

13 The Forgotten Miracle 95

14 The Greatest of Them All 101

15 Willie O'ree 115

16 Stand Firm 121

17 The Second Six 131

18 Black, White, and Silver 135

19 The St. Louis Blues 149

20 The Minnesota North Stars 159

21 The Oakland Seals 171

22 The Pittsburgh Penguins 181

23 The Philadelphia Flyers 187

24 The World Hockey Association 199

25 The Summit Series 223

26 Inside the Miracle 237

27 The 1984 Canada Cup 249

28 The 1987 Canada Cup 257

29 The 1991 Canada Cup 271

30 The 1998 Winter Olympics 281

31 The Culture of Winning 295

32 Hockey on the Island 321

33 Only the Good Die Young 331

34 The Last Dynasty 343

35 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 363

36 "I Just Love to Play" 373

Acknowledgments 379

Photo Credits 383

Index 387

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