Gratoony the Looney (Paperback)

The Wild, Misunderstood Life of Gilles Gratton


ECW Press, 9781770413375

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

List Price: 16.95*
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One of hockey's most colorful characters, from its most colorful era, tells all Gilles Gratton was not the prototypical professional hockey player. He refused to don his equipment and man his net if the planets were not properly aligned. He skated naked at practice. He created one of hockey's most famous goalie masks based on his star sign. He fought with coaches and management, speaking his mind to his detriment. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll ruled his life, not stopping pucks. Truthfully? He never really wanted to be an NHL goaltender he wanted to be Tibetan monk. And so he quit hockey to seek enlightenment. Now, in his autobiography, Gratton teams with author Greg Oliver to tell his wild and at times, yes, looney story, from his early days in Montreal, where his brother Norm Gratton became an NHL player too, through his time with the OHA's Oshawa Generals, the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros of the rogue WHA, and the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers in the NHL.

About the Author

Gilles Gratton is a former goaltender who currently works with Classic Auctions, a historical hockey memorabilia auction house. He lives in Montreal with his wife, Anne, and teenaged children, William and Charlotte. Greg Oliver is the author of six hockey books, including the Globe and Mail bestselling Don't Call Me Goon, as well as Father Bauer and the Great Experiment. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Meredith, and son, Quinn.