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Forever a Blackhawk [Hardcover]

Stan Mikita , Bob Verdi
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Oct. 1 2011
Few athletes in the grand history of Chicago sports have ever been as beloved as the Chicago Blackhawks' Stan Mikita. One of the most popular players of his or any era, Mikita thrilled fans with his unique combination of speed, skill and grace. Forever a Blackhawk is amust-have keepsake for Blackhawk fans of all ages and a rare opportunity to celebrate the life of one of Chicago's favorite sons.

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"Being single is not a condition to be cured"-especially when the remedy possibly means riding a marry-and-divorce roller-coaster just to avoid loneliness-says author and psychotherapist Ford (Wonderful Ways series; Between Mother and Daughter, Getting over Getting Mad). Instead, singles (this book is ostensibly written for all, but may resonate more with women) should reject the lonely and pathetic stereotypes this status usually carries and embrace life's most lasting relationship-the one with themselves. While some may dismiss this advice as a desperate mantra, Ford skillfully uses her own story and others' anecdotes to show that it's possible to be single and content. As a once happily married young woman, a sudden widow at age 29, then a miserably remarried woman, and finally an abandoned divorcée with a baby and an immense debt, Ford knows how precarious it is to put her happiness in the hands of another. In amusing lessons divided among six sections, she counsels readers on how to marshal their singleness to confront whatever adversities they may be forced endure. This fundamental wisdom should not be lost on couples either; after all, everyone must tread solo sometimes. Ford's playful poking at her own past misadventures in love and denial (like when she went solo to a movie and ordered drinks and popcorn for two) will endear her to struggling singles and inspire many to rejoice in life's singular potential.
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Stan Mikita is one of the greatest centers in the history of hockey. During his illustrious 22 year Chicago Blackhawks career, he set franchise records for games played, assists, and points, and led the 1960–1961 squad to the Stanley Cup. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Bob Verdi is the Chicago Blackhawks' team historian and has covered sports for five decades, including more than 40 years as a columnist and contributor for the Chicago Tribune.

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4.0 out of 5 stars one of the great Jan. 9 2014
the curved blade was his idea . of course bobby hull popularised it but it was stan idea first .. then hockey changed . . mikita started as a basd guy then finally won the lady bing trophy ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the Mikita fan. May 19 2012
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I grew up in Chicago in the late 60's early 70's on Stan was my hero. Not only was he a great hockey player and person, he was of Czech heritage as am I. While I was a Blackhawk fanatic in general, Stan and Bobby Hull obviously stood out. I cried myself to sleep the night in May of '71 when the Hawks lost game 7 of the finals to the hated Habs. This book brought back all of those memories and so much more. Loaded with great pictures and interesting stories of Stan and his early years this book brought a legend to life. While I have become jaded in my view of athletes and other famous people in general, especially as role models, Stan continues to live up to my hero status from my childhood. He not only represents what a professional athlete should be (unlike Mr. Hull and nowadays Patrick Kane to name a couple), he represents what a good person should be. No he is not perfect but none of us are. But he is close enough that to this day I still regard him as everything I would want in a professional athlete, class, dedication and humility. The Blackhawks could not ask for a better ambassador.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Black Hawk Nov. 2 2012
By Pugwash - Published on
Original 6 hockey was a brand that was so distinctive, so charismatic and so entertaining that it is unforgettable to any fan lucky enough to have lived through it. The league was small, and each team would play every other team fourteen times a season. Players did not wear helmets, which meant that there was an intimacy about the game. The fans knew the player numbers, the familiar looks of their faces, and their trademark ice demeanor. I knew the stats of almost of every player in the league.

Stan Mikita joined the Black Hawks in 1959. I was too young to remember him as a rookie. But in his second year, with a wonderful core of young players and veterans, the Black Hawks took home the Stanley Cup. They seemed poised to hoist several more. Mikita played another nineteen years, and never won another.

This book is told in his own words, although there are some interludes from teammates about him. Mikita is a very positive person, and he tells his story without bitterness. He had an amazing career, but his early life is in many ways even more amazing. His parents sent him over as an eight year old with his brother from Communist Czechoslavakia. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle, whom he came to accept as his second set of parents.

He was considered a demon on the ice early in his career, taking no quarter from any player on the ice. He did not back down from any fights. He transformed into a model of sportsmanship. He also brought his game to an apex where he was widely considered one of the top two or three players in the game.

He tells his story with a gentle humor, and an impish mirth. He considers himself blessed to have sowed the friendships of his teammates, to have graced the game he loved, and to still be revered as an ambassador to a wonderful and unique sport.

This is a light, breezy autobiography with many vivid pictures. For the fan of Original Six hockey, a can't miss proposition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stosh-The story of Stan Mikita March 9 2014
By Jim Hissong - Published on
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This is the autobiography of the great Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita. From his upbringing in Czechoslovakia to his rise to the National Hockey League, Stan tells his story about his difficulties coming from a foreign country and adjusting to hockey in America without his parents.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 4 2014
By Jean A. Ferraro-Bartecki - Published on
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Loved to read about Stan Mikita. Hopefully someday I will be able to have him sign it that would make it complete. Loved the story and the pictures from when he was younger. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Blackhawks fan Jan. 3 2014
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This is a must have for any die hard Chicago Blackhawks fan! Very well written and the photos are excellent! Very well worth having.
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