October 28, 2013

Mark Howe, Pierre Pilote, Keith Magnuson, Bob Plager Join Bobby Orr On Bookstore Shelves

Much of the hockey book hubbub these days is about Bobby Orr's autobiography, Orr: My Story.

But Orr isn't the only former NHL defenseman who is the subject of a book in 2013. Here's a look at some others:

Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life In The Shadows Of Mr. Hockey by Mark Howe (with Jay Greenberg)Growing up in the shadows of a famous father can never be easy. But when you are an aspiring hockey player and your father is the greatest player the game has ever known, it must be a dark, dark shadow.

Mark Howe, with the help of Jay Greenberg, tells us all about that shadow, his dad Gordie Howe, and his own Hall of Fame life in hockey in his autobiography.

Buy The Book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com 

Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Storyby Pierre Pilote with L. Waxy Gregoire and David M. Dupuis. When the ghosts of hockey's past reminisce about the 1960 Chicago Blackhawks, they almost always focus on superstars Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita with Mr. Goalie Glenn Hall also getting a lot of attention. Not as many people know the story of Pierre Pilote, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who was so instrumental in Chicago's success and 1961 Stanley Cup championship.

That can all change this year as Pilote brings readers rinkside in this compelling biography, Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Story. It is an authorized biography co-written with L. Waxy Gregoire and David M. Dupuis.

Buy The Book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com

Keith Magnuson: The Inspiring Life and Times of a Beloved Blackhawk This biography of the late great Keith Magnuson was written with the full support of Keith Magnuson’s wife and children. It is a thrilling and insightful biography pays tribute to a Chicago icon and true hockey legend.

One of the most popular Chicago Blackhawks of all time, defenseman Keith Magnuson was raised on the raw, rough traditions of hockey in western Canada. He went on to become one of the toughest - and best - players in hockey.

Buy The Book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com

Tales from the St. Louis Blues Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest Blues Stories Ever Toldby Bob Plager - Nobody bleeds Blue like Bob Plager, considered one of the funniest men in hockey. This rollicking book details Plager’s romance with the Bluenotes from day one in 1967 to the present day. He was an original Blues player, a rugged defenseman whose specialty was the hip check. He remains an original personality and a good-humored man whose specialty is now the quick quip. As a master storyteller, Plager packs Tales from the St. Louis Blues Locker Room with insights from every level of the hockey rink.

He chronicles the puzzling mind games of a young Scotty Bowman, the quirky coach whose legend began with the original Blues. In those old-school days, Plager learned memorable lessons from veterans like Al Arbour, Doug Harvey, Glenn Hall, Dickie Moore, and Jacques Plante, all future Hall of Famers. The early years also brought the three Plager brothers—Bob, Barclay, and Billy—together in St. Louis. Bob played long enough to help break in two Western Canadian kids, future captain Brian Sutter and future Hall of Famer Bernie Federko. Plager later coached a new generation of stars in St. Louis, players like Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, and Curtis Joseph.

Buy The Book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com

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