99 by Wayne Gretzky
Stories of the Game

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The most interesting athletes are never the stars on the ascent or the gods at the top of the game, but rather the humans on the other side. For all he was in his prime, 99, and the stories he shares, are about as human as they get.
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“The Great One” weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him.

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, 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; 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.


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Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season - a feat he accomplished four times. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 separate NHL records (40 regular season, 15 playoff, and 6 All-Star) - and still holds most of them today. Honors include 31 Hart, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Lester B. Pearson, and Lady Byng trophies and awards.His teams included the Edmonton Oilers (1979-1988, including four Stanley Cups), the Los Angeles Kings (1988-1996, including a Stanley Cup final), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996-1999). Following his retirement, he became the ninth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his jersey number retired league-wide.Among his activities since, he has been minority owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and executive director of Canada’s 2002 gold medal-winning men’s hockey team, and is a restaurateur, winemaker, and philanthropist with his own Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.Kirstie McLellan Day is the coauthor of the Canadian bestselling hockey memoirs Cornered (HarperCollins, 2011), with Ron MacLean; Playing with Fire (Triumph, 2010), with Theo Fleury; and Tough Guy (Triumph, 2009), with Bob Probert. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Author Residence: California and Canada
 
Published October 18, 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 412 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 07 2016

Not a complete history of the NHL, but this enjoyable book provides an overview that will educate longtime fans and relative newcomers alike.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Nov 02 2016

It’s fun to have “the Great One” narrate some of hockey’s key moments, but the book feels hastily assembled, and for hardcore NHL fans, much of the history will be familiar. The book also lacks any real insights or revelations from Gretzky’s own playing days.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by Brett Popplewell on Oct 21 2016

Readers more interested in a Gretzky memoir will still find what they're looking for. Many chapters end with him linking himself to whatever historic character or event he's talking about.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Brett Popplewell on Oct 21 2016

The most interesting athletes are never the stars on the ascent or the gods at the top of the game, but rather the humans on the other side. For all he was in his prime, 99, and the stories he shares, are about as human as they get.

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