One of the greatest sports figures of all time salutes his heroes and takes us inside the game as few others can.
From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed "The Great One", he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has - but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.
For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid and the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; and shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.
Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.
©2016 Wayne Gretzky (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Any time you can hear a pro athlete talk about the stories from inside the game you're in for a treat. This book is no exception.
When thinking about Wayne, you always think of him as being the greatest player to ever play the game but it never really occurs to you that he his also, probably, the biggest fan of the game as well. Hearing his stories and insights just made me appreciate a whole other side of Wayne I didn't acknowledge existing until now.
I loved the book. I believe any hockey fan will love it too. Listening to the thoughts, feelings and experiences of one of the greatest players to play the game is truly compelling. The book lived up to its promise in every way. Gretz's respect for fans, players past present and future and the game itself is clear.
This is so nostalgic, I love it! The narrator is a perfect fit. The story follows a very wide scope while keeping things interesting and on topic throughout the truly enthralling tales of The Great One's life. A+++++
This book felt very real. Not a tell-all, exposing dirty laundry but, instead, Wayne tells stories about the league that provide history, evolution, and context about the game. Most of the stories didn't even involve him directly, although he had a connection to many.
Most of the stories were very interesting for a fan of hockey, but I liked hearing about the Red Army team from the USSR. I was lucky enough to see many of the those top player play in the NHL years later.
I never really laughed or cried, although there were emotional moments. But there was heart in every story and I was certainly moved by many of them. There is no doubt that Wayne Gretzky felt strong emotional ties to these stories--even ones he wasn't the focus of.
Any fan of the game will enjoy this book. It held my interest and I couldn't believe how quickly it went by. I still want to hear Wayne's personal memoir, but he did an excellent job with this book, telling the stories about the game that he loved and thought were essential to what hockey is and was. Often I felt like I was sitting in room with all these historical hockey figures hearing Wayne and them talk about the key moments in their lives and careers.
Wayne Gretzky is a tremendous hockey guy, player,ambassador etc.. this book will be most enjoyed by hockey players and fans of all ages. If you're looking to hear dirt on other players or his family and friends remember this is Wayne Gretzky and he's the ultimate class act.
I know nothing about rowing, would never attend a crew event, and ignore any stories about it on the sports pages i read. And yet I couldn't wait to get into my car each day to listen to Boys in the Boat. I was hoping for a similar experience with 99 Stories From the Game. Especially since in my native Michigan I grew up playing hockey on ponds and backyard skating rinks and listening to Red Wings games. Sadly, I found this book to be dry, dull and without a hint of drama or conflict. In short - boring. Sorry, Mr. Hockey - no question that you are probably the greatest who has ever played the game. But I would have found a better co-writer to help you bring this subject to life.
Yes. I'm a hockey guy and I would like to retain more of the details of each story. This book is stories from the early days until now.
Mr Hockey of course, Gordie Howe
Some of the stories are touching but there is no crying in hockey
Good sports book in general, great to hear stories from the insiders.
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