Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed

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Knopf Canada, Oct 26, 2010 - Hockey - 272 pages
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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.


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Contents

THE NEXT ONE
1
THE PRODIGY BUSINESS
10
A GOLDEN AGE OF HUSTLERS
29
HOCKEY nouvwoon
45
ERucEs BIG IDEA
60
THE LAST PERFECT MOMENT 1 MAY 26 1988
74
A STAR IN STARVILLE
93
THE ART OF THE DEAL
111
sRETzKYs TEARS
129
BREACH OI FAITH
153
THE MIRACLES OF LOS ANGELES
171
A LONG GOODBYE
191
THE LAST PERFECT MOMENT II MAY 9 1993
213
MIRAGE
229
EPILOGUE
249
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Stephen Brunt is one of Canada's premier sportswriters and commentators. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.

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