Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines (Hardcover)

Hockey Contracts and Historical Documents from the Collection of Allan Stitt

By Greg Oliver

ECW Press, 9781770412514, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

List Price: 39.95*
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Delving once more into the collection of Allan Stitt, author Greg Oliver digs up fascinating document after document to reveal much of the history of the National Hockey League, as well as the American Hockey League and the colorful World Hockey Association.
See Henri Richard's rookie contract, signed with Frank Selke on a calendar page, and Wayne Gretzky's contract, inked at center ice at Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum. Find out what it was like for general manager Lou Nanne to sign his own retirement papers and the challenges of going to arbitration with a player over a contract. And for an international flavor, there's the paperwork from the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation that allowed Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom to play for the Maple Leafs. Expect the unexpected too, like Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins contract to play for the St. Louis Blues.
With dozens of interviews and meticulous research, Oliver brings dusty old documents to light and life again.

About the Author

A writer, editor, and stay-at-home dad, Greg Oliver has written extensively about professional wrestling and hockey. Recent books include Don't Call Me Goon, The Goaltenders' Union, Written in Blue & White, and Duck with the Puck. A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Greg lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son. Learn more at