Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed
Renowned sportswriter Stephen Brunt reveals how “the Great One,” who was bought and sold more than once, decided that the comfortable Canadian city where hockey ruled couldn’t compete with the slushy ice of a California franchise.
Bobby Orr’s career ended prematurely, with tears. Wayne Gretzky’s tears, unlike Orr’s, announced not an ending but another beginning. Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers had four Stanley Cup victories, but Gretzky may then have had other goals in mind.
Beginning with his dad, Walter, and continuing with Nelson Skalbania, Peter Pocklington, Bruce McNall, Jerry Buss — and with the CBC’s Peter Gzowski as chronicler for the eager masses — the enormity of Gretzky’s talent attracted all sorts of people who were after a variety of vicarious thrills.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything ChangedUser Review - Laurie - Goodreads
The most mulled-over deal in hockey history gets the 'Pierre Berton' approach from the Globe and Mail's Stephen Brunt, seemingly with no new interviews or content. It doesn't add anything essential to ... Read full review
Review: Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything ChangedUser Review - Goodreads
An uneven balance between thrilling game descriptions and noirish recollections of corruption, greed and deceit.
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