Wayne Gretzky's Ghost
And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey
By Roy Macgregor
(Vintage Canada, Paperback, 9780307357427, 400pp.)
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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For nearly 40 years, Roy MacGregor has brought our national sport alive on the pages of Canada's newspapers and magazines, and now the best of this writing is available in a volume that's a must-read for any hockey fan. He covers a list of hockey legends--players like Borje Salming, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Clarke--and legends in the making--Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, the Sedin twins. While many of their stories play out on the ice, some of the most compelling take place away from it--Ted Nolan's struggle for acceptance, Swift Current's remarkable rise, the many tribulations of Bob Gainey and Guy Lafleur.
Who could offer a better perspective on the game than a writer who, playing as a youngster, had to face an onrushing phenom from Parry Sound named Bobby Orr? When it comes to hockey, Roy MacGregor has seen (and in some cases, done) it all; in Wayne Gretzky's Ghost, with newly added updates and reflections on each article, he shares these and many other highlights from his storied career.
ROY MacGREGOR is the acclaimed and bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons & Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award); A Life in the Bush (winner of the US Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book and the CAA Award for Biography); and Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, as well as two novels, Canoe Lake and The Last Season, and the popular Screech Owls mystery series for young readers. A regular columnist at the Globe and Mail, MacGregor's journalism has garnered four National Magazine Awards and eight National Newspaper Award nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was described in the citation as one of Canada's "most gifted storytellers." His most recent book is Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him. He lives in Kanata. The author lives in Kanata, ON.
"Wayne Gretzky's Ghost will make the perfect gift.... This very personal collection offers an unique inside look from someone who has made a living--and a lifetime--out of loving Canada's game." CBC Books
"The Harper government should just go ahead and designate Roy MacGregor a national treasure and be done with it.... Next time you're watching the game and Don Cherry comes on, do yourself a favour. Hit the mute button and read a couple of MacGregor pieces instead. You'll be glad you did." Ottawa Citizen
"The best hockey writer of his generation." The Gazette
"Illuminates many corners of the game.... Brings the perspective of not only of a reporter, but of a fan, and player." Winnipeg Free Press