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Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm

Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm

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by Gare Joyce

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When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to select first overall in the 2005 NHL draft, there was no doubt who they would pick - Sidney Crosby, the most celebrated junior hockey player since Mario Lemieux.




When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to select first overall in the 2005 NHL draft, there was no doubt who they would pick - Sidney Crosby, the most celebrated junior hockey player since Mario Lemieux.

Sidney Crosby was first to win Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in the Canadian junior ranks, and first to win consecutive Player of the Year awards

At age 16, he became the youngest Canadian player to score in the World Junior Hockey Championships.

At 17, he recorded an astonishing 168 points in 62 games, leading his Rimouski team to the Memorial Cup.

And in 2005, while not yet 18, Crosby landed a lucrative contract with Reebok, placing him in the same athletic stratosphere as Wayne Gretzky and Tiger Woods.

But how did a kid from Nova Scotia come to stand alone on draft day as the NHL's undisputed No. 1 pick? And how did a budding teenage superstar cope with the growing pressures of being dubbed "the next Wayne Gretzky"?

In this exciting hockey biography, award-winning sports journalist Gare Joyce retraces the incredible journey of hockey's wunderkind from age-group hockey in Nova Scotia to draft day with Mario Lemieux and his Pittsburgh

Penguins. From Halifax to the Czech Republic, Minnesota to Quebec City and all places in between, Joyce explores the making of hockey's brightest star and all the obstacles this amazing young man overcame in pursuit of his dreams.

In 2003, Wayne Gretzky was asked if there was one player out there who might one day break hisrecords. He responded "Yes, Sidney Crosby. He's the best player I've seen since Mario (Lemieux)."

Gare Joyce's riveting biography of hockey's 18-year-old sensation, retraces Crosby's incredible journey from the lacing up of his first pair of skates to his outstanding first season in the League. Joyce explores the making of a superstar and all of the obstacles this amazing athlete overcame in pursuit of his dreams.

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Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
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Revised Edition
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6.32(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

Gare Joyce writes for ESPN The Magazine, Toro, The Christian Science Monitor and Canadian Geographic, among others. He has won three Canadian National Magazine Awards for sportswriting and has been an awards finalist twenty times in categories ranging from politics to science, arts to personal journalism. He is a former hockey columnist and feature writer with The Globe and Mail, and author of The Only Ticket Off the Island: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. He lives in Toronto.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Sidney Crosby: Taking the game by Storm, written by  Gare Joyce, is a book about the young life of all-pro hockey player Sidney Crosby. The book starts off in his early years during his career. It explains the difficulty of being named “The Next Great One”, by the “Great One” himself at such a young age. The view of story is written from what a scout would see. It tells you things that you would have never known if you didn’t read this book. For example, it explains at the beginning the pregame game that him and his teammates were playing outside the rink and how Sidney was the most competitive one there even though he was 2 and 3 years younger than everyone else. The book goes all the way up to his his 2006-2007 season. This book definitely had some strengths in it. It brings out every little detail that you could ever think of. I gained a lot of knowledge about Crosby that somebody who didn’t read this book would know. It also is very helpful that it is written in chronological order, and starts basically right when his career started. It is a very easy to read book. If you aren’t a big reader (like myself) and just want to read it for the stats and stories that are told during the book. Overall, this book had some pretty good strengths too it. The book had a few weaknesses to it. I think that some of the strengths are also the weaknesses. It all depends on what kind of reader you are. If you want a story, then this book is not for you. At points in the book some of the little things just seem useless but I can see why Gare would put them in there. Some of them are nice to know about but at times it gets a little too in depth. But overall this book didn’t really have that many weaknesses. I enjoyed reading this book despite the weaknesses that it proposed. The strengths definitely outweighed them. I learned a lot of interesting things not only about Sidney Crosby, but about the junior level of hockey. It is a lot different than the high school hockey life and seems very enjoyable, yet could be very hectic. The most interesting part I think of the book was when they told about the time when Crosby’s Canadian World Junior team took on Switzerland’s when he was 15. Team Canada was trailing, and then Crosby went out on the ice and scored a goal on one shift and set one up on the next. The next time on the ice, the whistle blew signally the end of the play when some kid from the Swiss team cross checked Sid in the head with a cheapshot. Crosby dropped and had to sit out of the game for a little bit, but fought off the pain and continued playing later. What makes this so interesting is that Crosby has been having concussion problems during his pro career and this cross check to the head could have sparked these problems, which affected his greatly. This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it. After reading this, I would probably recommend it to male sport enthusiast. Specifically young adults who are interested into hockey. But really anyone who is a sports fan could enjoy this book. It talks about the lifestyle that a player lives when he is a young star. It also explains the pressures that Crosby had to endure during his younger years and how he prevailed in the best hockey player in the world that he is today. Young adults would probably enjoy this book the most but older adults could like it too. But the target market of this book would have to be young male adults who are interested in sports.
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HockeyfanRB More than 1 year ago
This book showed great details about young Sidney Crosby. It showed him on and off the ice and what his abilities were.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sidney crosby is amazing so you should read this book