99: Stories of the Game

Stories of the Game First he rewrote the record book Now to mark the NHL s th anniversary Wayne Gretzky has written the story of our game No one has been as close to the game as Wayne Gretzky When he first laced up s
  • Title: 99: Stories of the Game
  • Author: Wayne Gretzky Kirstie McLellan Day
  • ISBN: 9780735232624
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 99: Stories of the Game
    First he rewrote the record book Now, to mark the NHL s 99th anniversary, Wayne Gretzky has written the story of our game.No one has been as close to the game as Wayne Gretzky When he first laced up skates in the NHL, he changed the league And by the time he had hung up his skates, he had re written the record book.There can be no doubt what he means to the game What wFirst he rewrote the record book Now, to mark the NHL s 99th anniversary, Wayne Gretzky has written the story of our game.No one has been as close to the game as Wayne Gretzky When he first laced up skates in the NHL, he changed the league And by the time he had hung up his skates, he had re written the record book.There can be no doubt what he means to the game What we haven t seen is what the game means to him For the first time, Wayne Gretzky will tell us about the NHL s great moments from his point of view We will meet the people who inspired him and motivated him We ll read the stories of the players who ignited his imagination, just as Gretzky himself inspired the dreams of so many young players and fans.Seen through the eyes of the player whose name has come to stand for greatness in the game of hockey, 99 Stories of the Game brings to life the NHL s glorious past, from its fierce early battles on natural ice, through its mythical golden era, when the Howes and Richards, Hulls and Orrs defined greatness, through the unforgettable dynasties in Montreal, New York, and of course, Edmonton, through to the present day.Written with all the insight of someone who knows what it feels like when your lungs burn at the end of a long shift, and the pain of bruises at the end of a long playoff series, who knows what it feels like to fall short against a bitter rival, and also the incomparable feeling of lifting the Stanley Cup over your head, 99 Stories of the Game doesn t just tell the history of the NHL s 99 years It relives them.
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  • Wayne Gretzky Kirstie McLellan Day

    Wayne Douglas Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League NHL for four teams from 1979 to 1999 Nicknamed The Great One , he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself He is the leading scorer in NHL history, with goals and assists than any other player He scored assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season a feat he accomplished four times In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and six All Star records As of 2014, he still holds 60 NHL records.

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  • In 99 Stories of the Game, Wayne Gretzky celebrates the 99th anniversary of the NHL by penning short stories that help to illuminate the history of the league Intertwining his own career with that of several legendary players like Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Bobby Orr, Gretzky presents a compelling take on the often brutal history of the sport.I wouldn t consider myself a hockey aficionado by any means, but having read a handful of books and having watched the excellent CBC se [...]


  • 99 years of hockey history told by 99, The Great One , Wayne Gretzky Gretzky retraces the early days of hockey in North America, from the debated origins of the game to the very modern technology of player equipment and training styles I ve followed hockey closely for nearly 18 years Unfortunately, this was the exact time that Gretzky retired from the NHL, so I was not able to see him play live, but have seen many clips, snippets, documentaries, and a few alumni events where he laced up again Th [...]


  • Mixed feelings about this book on the one hand, who wouldn t want to hear about hockey stories from the greatest player of our generation and arguably ever to lace up the skates Except if you ask him and some others, that honor goes to Gordie Howe, who is frequently mentioned and praised throughout the book.The information is great, Gretzky is not a braggart or conceited in any way and fans will love hearing about the entire history of the NHL through his viewpoint However, as a book, I had trou [...]



  • I m not really a hockey fan but Gretzy s passion for the game makes it universal I didn t quite make it though all 99 stories did some skimming in the third section but beyond the endless litany of player s names and the extensive history of the shifting teams and political landscape, there are many interesting anecdotes and a deep look at the drive, determination, fitness, and strategy required to make hockey happen My favorite anecdote ends the book, where Wayne describes his grandmother takin [...]


  • I love hockey especially the oilers and history books so I knew I would enjoy this and I did I love all the stories however, the story telling is a little frenetic and all over the place I appreciate it as a piece of hockey history though and if you are a fan of the game you should check it out.


  • An entertaining read for any NHL hockey fan who has an interest in the league s past history The book intersects between Wayne s career and the players in hockey s past that shaped it Lots of great behind the scenes stories that shaped the images I caught on TV while growing up.


  • Having received a copy of 99 Stories Of The Game as one of my Christmas gifts, I looked at it intrigued, but assumed it was an autobiography of Wayne Gretzky and kind of set it aside, in my to be read pile After reading the first 50 pages by happenstance one day not at my house, and not my gifted copy , I was hooked and fascinated, and set out immediately to devour the books content In the book, Gretzky takes readers on a history of the game of hockey, from its earliest roots, to the creation of [...]


  • If you re looking for a book with stories about Gretzky, then you best look elsewhere While this book has many great stories, it is what it says on the cover A wide variety of historical anecdotes that are about each team in the NHL and many from the WHL He kind of does a sweeping coverage of each team Mostly including just one or two stories about a lot of teams As such, the overall book doesn t have any flow It really is just a bunch of different stories packed together If you want to just hea [...]


  • A wonderful book for any hockey enthusiast that is than just about Wayne Gretzky, but includes bits and pieces from ninety nine years of the National Hockey League.I won an uncorrected proof advanced reading copy of this book during a giveaway I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to a friend who has shared his love of sports with his father and now his son.


  • I enjoyed this book, for the most part, the only bad part about it was that there were so many different players and coaches that it would get confusing I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the game of hockey Wayne Gretzky narrates the story mainly talking about exciting stories and games that he played that makes you sit on the edge of your seat to see how it all panned out This book also talks about how the game was way different back then since there were fewer teams and teams coul [...]


  • I really enjoyed reading this book and if you like nonfiction books, hockey, and biography s you should enjoy this book.


  • I enjoyed this book because I m a hockey fan and a Gretzky fan His love for the game shows in the variety of interesting stories The literary quality isn t the greatest, but it s not bad either Reading this has me wanting to read his 1991 autobiography.


  • I really loved learning about the beginning of the NHL It has been an exciting 99 years and with that the hockey greats are always present The stories of the players as well as the teams building into what they are now was definitely exciting to read.I could put this book down and pick it up and a new story in each chapter did not puzzle me I could hear Wayne Gretzky speaking as I read It was like I was listening to him talk A great book for any hockey fan.


  • I ve always loved the game, and as an 8 yr old was absolutely thrilled to read about heroes I never even saw play, replicating their greatest exploits on the local pond These stars were as romantic to Canadians as the Duke and the Cartwrights were to Americans I thought I d read and heard locker room gossip about everything there was in hockey, but was very pleasantly surprised to discover new anecdotes of this book, typically ringing the bell of those values, ethics, or whatever that draws many [...]


  • Very enjoyable read Wasn t really sure what to expect going into this one Thought it might be just a chronicle of some of his most memorable career moments That likely would have been great, too, coming right from the man himself However, the book delves into the NHL s deep history quite a bit Gretzky s reflections on the NHL were not the usual, same old same old stories that I d heard a thousand times beforeankfully Some of them were familiar, yes, but if they were, there was always something n [...]


  • Gretzky s love for the game, and the people who play it, shows throughout this book I listened to the audio version, and would sometimes lose track of the evolution of the teams during the early chapters devoted to pre NHL times When I listen to it again I will take a break in between chapters to help avoid the this team begat that team fatigue My son said that worked well for him and as he is even of a hockey fan than I am he has cats named Gretzky and Kariya I ll take his suggestion


  • 3.5 I listened to the audiobook so it was a bit hard to keep track of all the names but the stories were interesting as was listening to how the NHL developed I wasn t crazy about the narrator but he was better when I had him on 1.25 speed.


  • Intro The book 99 Stories of the Game is co written by NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and Best selling author Kirstie McLellan The book is told from Gretzky s point of view Wayne tells us plenty of stories all the way from the days before the Original 6 to the final days of his legendary career.Summary The book 99 Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky and Kirstie McLellan is a lengthy book full of tremendous stories that have helped shape the game of hockey that is played today I am going to tak [...]


  • Probably my own fault, but I definitely misread what this book would mainly be about Gretzky attempts to give a sort of overview of the history of hockey in this, rather than sticking to his own story, which I don t think he manages to carry off particularly well The most interesting parts of it are, of course, the personal anecdotes that he shares about being in the room or about things that he remembers I found long recitations of the history of some of the teams in the NHL especially the defu [...]


  • OK, it s not the most well written book I ve ever read like listening to a grizzled old veteran and Did I ever tell you about the time But, oh, the passion for the game that comes through on every page And despite its rambling nature, the book manages to construct a fairly coherent narrative of professional hockey in North America from Lord Stanley and Lady Byng to the Original Six and the first expansion to the Miracle and the fall of the Iron Curtain.Even amazing is the way The Great One tel [...]


  • I ve been watching hockey, on and off, for over fifty years, since I was a little girl visiting my grandparents My family were Toronto Maple Leafs fans, so many Saturday evenings were spent watching the Leafs play I love the fact that Gretzky mentions players from those times In fact, he shares fascinating stories about many teams throughout the decades, people I knew nothing about or had long since forgotten.Written with Kirstie McLellan Day, the stories are told in a smooth, informal style In [...]


  • This is a must read for anyone that is a Gretzky fan, an Oilers fan or for that matter a hockey fan I grew up in an area that did not have hockey of any kind We may have played field hockey in PE one day There was no in door ice and the ponds in our area were not often safe for skating On top of that very few of us even had skates I vaguely remember the Miracle on Ice during the Olympics.A cousin took me to my first hockey game when I started college as a U.S student in Alberta It was a Red Deer [...]


  • Although I like all the stories and content of the book, I just can t get past the gimmickry of funnelling this through Gretzky s eyes Sure, he tells some stories of famous hockey events that he was apart of and provides his own first hand look and even outlines how they would impact the game in the future, but it seemed pointless with him describing other histories of the game he wasn t apart of I realize this was the point of the book and it coincides with 99 years of the NHL, but it was too g [...]


  • In this book, Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, recounts story after story of hockey players, their lives and the connections that intertwine them all.Now I love hockey, reading about hockey, watching hockey, listening to hockey, basically anything related to hockey is up my alley Because of my fanatic obsession with hockey I could tolerate this book The writing is infantile and feels like it comes across as if it was written for an 8 year old it may have been.The [...]


  • This book is full of fantastic hockey stores from the beginning of the NHL until almost modern day hockey As someone who can only really remember the salary cap era of hockey, reading the stories about what it was like beforehand was very enlightening And you can t go wrong when it s basically being told by Wayne Gretzky, the greatest to ever play the game The insight into the atmosphere in the locker rooms, how teams go from being dynasties to bottom feeders, and everything else in between was [...]


  • Really I should give this FIVE stars because as a Hockey Mom and hockey fan it was enjoyable and full of facts I see the book criticized and it s true it sometimes goes all over the place and I don t know who he s talking about or what timeframe we are in But then I realized it didn t bother me I mean this is GRETZKY THE GREAT He s not an author he doesn t need perfect flow ummm he kinda already had that ALL career It s like having a really good conversation with someone and you get so into it i [...]


  • What I really liked about this book was the detailed description in each story I liked that it wasn t just a memoir but me of an compilation of stories told through the words of Wayne Gretzky He got the stories from different members of the hockey community However, as you read along in the book, he gets into his Oilers days like Al Bundy talks about his high school football days There are many occasions where I learnt new things and saw different perspectives However, whatever the case may be, [...]


  • If you like hockey, you will love is book It s has not just Gretzky career background stories, but also the NHL and world hockey I found this very interesting and loved learning about some of this history and some of the background inside scoop You get to re live some of those moments you watched and felt, but this time from the inside, the bench, or Gretzky eyes Remember the Salt Lake Olympics and his press conference Read about the lead up to that and how he felt, and what was going on in his [...]


  • Gretzky is undoubtedly one of the best, if not THE best hockey player in history He played for twenty years, so he is the perfect author of this book He takes you all around the U.S and Canada, telling you about the hockey life, on and off the ice My favorite thing about this book is that it s not so much about Gretzky s career, but about hockey s career It goes back a century ago, to the very first NHL game It even touches on the business part of hockey It s a great read for all who like or lov [...]


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