Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win

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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 354 pages
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"By high school, the pressure mounted along with the stakes.
The Jaguars knew they were expected to beat the lower-ranked teams.
When you're No. 1, that means everybody ... "

Under the watchful eye of pro scouts and the weight of massive expectations, seventeen young men rank No. 1 in the country. In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's classic Friday Night Lights, Blades of Glory follows these talented athletes, their coaches, theirparents and their fans, offering a captivating glimpse into an elite program and the triumphs and tragedies of real life.


"The fervor with which Minnesotans celebrate hockey raises issues about sport and society that transcend Minnesota and reach into communities across the country, wherever kids play and parents cheer them to victory."
-from the Introduction

For a championship team like the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars, hockey isreligion and failing to win is a sin. This is a place where kids dream of playing for the state championship from the time they can pick up a stick, and parents plan their entire social calendar around the season.

John Rosengren was given unlimited, season-long access to every harsh reality and euphoric high these teammates experienced during one full season at the top. Amid the turmoil, politics and pain, Blades of Glory draws into sharp focus the challenges of divorce, teen suicide and performance-enhancing drugs to examine what it ultimately means to win.

Though Blades of Glory follows one hockey team, this story could be set in any gym, rink or field where students train and compete, coaches holler and parents scream from the stands. This is a story of high drama and emotion; intense and poignant, it is what happens to boys with championship dreams ...

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Although football may be America's game, hockey reigns supreme in Minnesota. Blades of Glory tells the story of the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars 2000-2001 varsity hockey team. Because of his ... Read full review


King Shit
Judgment Day
Passing the Torch
Youve Got to Want It
Friendly Confines
A Jaguar Is Bred
Home for Christmas
Fallen Angel Ill Chapter 9 Rise and Demise of a Dynasty
East Meets West
Attitude Adjustment
Brothers Little Helper
Playing to the Next Level
Somebodys Gonna Get Hurt
Reigning in the Conference
She Got Game
Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Holiday Classic
Lords of the Rink
Cursed to Be No 1
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John Rosengren grew up in Minnesota playing hockey. He still plays the game and freelances on the side. The award-winning writer's work has appeared in more than 75 publications, ranging from Reader's Digest to Sports Illustrated. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.

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