The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey

The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey

by Larry Robinson, Kevin Shea


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ISBN-13: 9780771072369
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LARRY ROBINSON is the Associate Coach of the San Jose Sharks. This inducted member of the Hockey Hall of Fame played seventeen seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and 3 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He hung up his skates after having won 6 Stanley Cups, then went on to coach with the Kings, and then coached the NJ Devils to a Stanley Cup Championship before joining the Sharks in the summer of 2013. This Norris Trophy winner is widely regarded as one of the greatest defencemen to ever play in the NHL.

KEVIN SHEA is a noted hockey historian and Globe and Mail bestselling author. He sits on the Toronto Maple Leafs Historical Committee, is the Hockey Hall of Fame's writer, teaches hockey history at Toronto's Seneca College and is a frequent contributor to various publications, including The Hockey News. A Leafs' season ticket subscriber since 1984, Shea's passion for the Blue and White is immense, dating back to the origins of the franchise. He co-wrote Derek Sanderson's bestselling memoir, Crossing the Line, and is the author of Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967, Barilko: Without a Trace, Centre Ice, A Fan For All Seasons, and Over the Boards. Shea is the Associate Director of Public Relations at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and lives with his wife Nancy in Ajax, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Great Defender 1

Chapter 2 Marvellous Childhood in Marvelville 5

Chapter 3 Playing on the Ponds 16

Chapter 4 Junior Achievement 21

Chapter 5 Caught in a Draft 33

Chapter 6 A Winning Welcome 39

Chapter 7 The Robinson Routine 54

Chapter 8 On the Verge of Success 59

Chapter 9 Bringing Down the Hammer 65

Chapter 10 Emotional Rescue 72

Chapter 11 The Best Year of Our Lives 77

Chapter 12 Conn Man 81

Chapter 13 May the Fourth Be with You 87

Chapter 14 The Dynasty 94

Chapter 15 Larry, Moe… and Surly 101

Chapter 16 The Battles of Quebec 108

Chapter 17 Return to Glory 115

Chapter 18 The Long Goodbye 124

Chapter 19 California Dreaming 133

Chapter 20 International Man in History 141

Chapter 21 Transition 161

Chapter 22 Frustration 167

Chapter 23 A Devil of a Season 172

Chapter 24 Breakdown 181

Chapter 25 Shark Thanks 190

Chapter 26 Hockey on Horseback 194

Chapter 27 Reflections 200

NHL Timeline 215

List of Norris Trophy Winners 234

Acknowledgements 236

Bibliography 238

Index 240

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