Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL—coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA.
As one of the NHL’s most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial.
In Ice Capades, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete’s life, from what they do with their money and nights off to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and Ice Capades takes the reader inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited—Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restauranteur, gay rights advocate, and many more.
Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Ice Capades transcends the “sports book” genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
1 Last Chance 1
2 Cincinnati Kid 11
3 Showtime 16
4 Money, Sex, and Fun in the Sun 30
5 That Championship Season 40
6 Stanley Cup Summer 58
7 Two Is the Most Dangerous Lead in Hockey 69
8 Becoming a King 83
9 Summer Schooling 97
10 The King of LA 106
11 Everything in Its Right Place 129
12 Locked out of My Life 141
13 A New Life in Paradise 161
14 From LA to New York 181
15 I Look Good in Blue 187
16 The Avery Rule 215
17 The Summer of Vogue 231
18 Sean Does Dallas 245
19 Down and Out and Back Again 260
20 The Last Season 289
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First let me say I was given a copy by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. I grew to love hockey back when The Broad Street Bullies, The Big Bad Bruins, Canadians, Rangers and others ruled the game. I saw some of the best hockey had to offer and was lucky enough to meet many of the stars of the game. Some of the greatest were the nicest, most down to earth and some of the newbies were the rudest and ego filled. The older more established players would look at the young players and shake their heads, and say they will never learn to enjoy the camaraderie. Players, trainers, broadcasters and even some referees and linesman put aside egos and differences after games and found common grounds. The great ones had egos, but most never lost the ability to relate to the fans. Mr. Avery's story isn't a new one, nor is it the best or the worst I have ever read. I imagine his ego proceeded him wherever he went, the way it did a lot of players. He fills his story with a lot of information on the life of a player and the work they have to do to succeed. I think my major problem with the book was that no matter where he went or what he did he seemed to believe that he knew better and more than anyone else. He constantly tells you what a wonderful fashionista he was, which made me laugh. He would have been the butt of a lot jokes with his short pantsuit back in the 60's & 70's. While his story was interesting, his I'm great attitude overpowered a story, that could have been a positive effect on young players, but instead became a primer on what not to do. The one thing that I wish he would of elaborated on was the struggle and death of a young teammate. That section was heartfelt and sincere and is something that young players should have drilled into their heads, not the cavalier attitude of drinking and drugs that is prevalent in this sport and many others.