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Back In The Bigs [Hardcover]

Randy Turner
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Book Description

Oct. 4 2011
When the Jets flew south in '96, victims of a nose-diving Canadian dollar and the NHL's new sun belt philosophy, “Winnipeg didn't just lose a hockey team. It lost history. It lost prestige. It lost civic pride. It lost Keith Tkachuk” writes Randy Turner in the opening pages of Back In the Bigs. Now, in 2011, as the Jets finally return to Manitoba and an entire country revels in the glorious resurrection of one of Canada's most beloved NHL franchises it's time to look back on the history of professional hockey in Winnipeg.

From the record breaking contract that brought the Golden Jet to the frozen north, from Nilsson to Hawerchuck to Byfuglien, from the WHL to the NHL to the AHL and back again, Turner chronicles the thrilling triumphs and heartbreaking defeats of a city's proud hockey history in this richly illustrated commemorative keepsake for fans across the country. This is the story of an underdog team, once a regional passion, which has become a national obsession. It's an epic, emotional rollercoaster ride from Portage and Main to the barren Phoenix desert and the deep American South, finally returning home to a whiteout in Canada's hockey heartland.

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Randy Turner is a National Newspaper Award-winning sportswriter. He was born and raised in Manitoba and has covered sports for the Winnipeg Free Press for twenty years. hockey reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 19 2012
By ASwail
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A wonderful review of Jets past and present. Full of great pictures. A must have book for Jet fans!
A super gift for any hockey fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad....not bad at all! March 21 2012
By Axe
You need to know that I discovered hockey in a big way as a driveway superstar in about 1970. So, growing up in Manitoba, that meant reading about expansion to Vancouver and Buffalo, but more importantly, a new league on the horizon...my beloved WHA. So you can basically say I grew up with the Jets. I still have the scrapbook of a host of newspaper arcitles I clipped from the Free Press and the Tribune in the 70's. Now, if you don't have that kind of a scrapbook, this book is as close as you can come to filling the void.

Great photos and well written. It covers the birth of the Jets, Bobby signing for a million, that story about Anders and Ulf and "what did Bobby think"...the last gasp in the WHA when the Jets picked the bones of the Houston Aeros and won that last Avco cup, the decimation that accompanied the entry into the NHL, Fergie era....I could go on and on. Coverage of the excitement of the transplanted Thrashers is to the point - could easily have been dragged out, given that this was released just at the start of the first season of the new Jets, but I'd say all the bases were covered and not overdone.

I love the last page - simply the new Jets logo. As if those chapters are still to be written....exciting!

This is an awesome book. I have bought a few copies now and given them away to others. Sure to bring a smile to any hockey fan's face

And no, I am not related to the author *L*.
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