Golden Oldies: Stories of Hockey's Heroes
A heartfelt addition to McFarlane's epic canon of hockey writing
From its moving introductory homage to the late Jean B liveau, to its subtle, remarkable considerations of how the sport was shaped by legends like Newsy Lalonde, Gordie Howe, Dick Irvin Sr., Ted Kennedy, and Hobey Baker, to its poignant lament for the untimely death of American hockey hero "Badger" Bob Johnson, Golden Oldies is the product of a lifetime love of hockey and a career in the game that spans six decades.
Golden Oldies explores the life of Sprague Cleghorn, a pioneer tough guy who went from the bright lights of Broadway to a boondock in the Ottawa Valley to stardom before and during the first years of the NHL. It follows the trail of Patsy Guzzo and his RCAF mates in 1948, ridiculed at home but rewarded with Olympic gold in Europe. And it chronicles the career-ending injuries to Ace Bailey, the last Leafs NHL scoring leader, the shameful treatment of the Canucks' Mike Robitaille, and the horrific and near fatal injury suffered by Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuk. The lighter side of the game is also well represented, with laughs aplenty supplied by men like the irrepressible Frank "King" Clancy and the unpredictable Eddie "Clear the Track" Shack.
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In Golden Oldies, Brian McFarlane takes us on a wonderful journey among hockey's greatest heroes and memorable NHL sagas, some well known and some not… but each story very worthy on its own and fully enjoyable from both first person and second-hand accounts. The underlying order may read as "random" chapters, yet the history of the game intertwines among generations as do these stories. To the credit of the author's approach, one can imagine oneself in front of a fireplace or at a local pub, hearing Mr. McFarlane or the named players spinning their yarn and bringing to life the Golden Oldies of yesteryear. One may think they know hockey history, but think again, until you have a chance to learn more from this outstanding book. It both educates and entertains and is a must-read for true fans of the game. Thank you, Mr. McFarlane, for again putting your vivid, story-telling pen to paper!