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

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Knopf Canada, Oct 6, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 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
A GOLDEN AGE OF HUsTI ERs
29
HOCKEY HOLLYWOOD
45
A STAR IN STARVILLE
93
THE ART 01 THE DEAL III
129
I0 BREACH OF FAITH
153
THE MIRACLES 01 LOS ANGELES
171
MIRAGE
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Stephen Brunt is Canada’s premier sportswriter and commentator. In addition to Searching for Bobby Orr, he is also the author of Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In, and of The Way It Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.

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