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Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed [Hardcover]

Stephen Brunt
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Oct. 6 2009 0307397297 978-0307397294 1st Edition
Renowned sportswriter Stephen Brunt reveals how “the Great One,” who was bought and sold more than once, decided that the comfortable Canadian city where hockey ruled couldn’t compete with the slushy ice of a California franchise.

Bobby Orr’s career ended prematurely, with tears. Wayne Gretzky’s tears, unlike Orr’s, announced not an ending but another beginning. Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers had four Stanley Cup victories, but Gretzky may then have had other goals in mind.

Beginning with his dad, Walter, and continuing with Nelson Skalbania, Peter Pocklington, Bruce McNall, Jerry Buss — and with the CBC’s Peter Gzowski as chronicler for the eager masses — the enormity of Gretzky’s talent attracted all sorts of people who were after a variety of vicarious thrills.

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"Brunt captures the feelings of shock and betrayal set off by The Trade better than anything I've ever read. Long the consensus pick as Canada's best sportswriter, Brunt has probably earned the right to be called one of our best writers, period."
The Gazette

"Gretzky's Tears is as penetrating a book, and as sure in its navigation of hockey's cultural currents, [as Searching for Bobby Orr]."
— The Globe and Mail

"If there's a more interesting and committed sports writer in Canada than Stephen Brunt, I don't know them."
— Dave Bidini, National Post

About the Author

Stephen Brunt is Canada’s premier sportswriter and commentator. In addition to Searching for Bobby Orr, he is also the author of Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In, and of The Way It Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Trip Through Gretzky's Career Dec 6 2009
By Tony C.
Stephen Brunt is an excellent writer and this book is well worth the read.

Stephen steps us through the past 30 years of the NHL as seen through the career of the greatest hockey player of that era. He provides us with the most relevant facts that shaped not only the career of Wayne Gretzky but also the decisions of people around him that shaped the league to what it is today. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is laced with well documented and very interesting behind the scenes information.

Unfortunately the ending is a bit anticlimactic, but in a sense I guess it mirrors the career of the player. For all the glory that Wayne has achieved in his illustrious life in hockey, Stephen has shown that from the time he turned pro it was always about the money. His close relationship with the owners of his teams (Pocklington and McNall) is well documented and it is evident that it did shape him as the person he is outside the rink.

It was his mother and father that instilled a true sense of Canadian humility and an honest love of the game of hockey that endeared him to all Canadians but it was Pocklington and McNall who introduced him to capitalistic greed. It is rather ironic that one could have diametrically opposite role models in one's life. Although Stephen does not say it, this can be seen as the real reason for Gretzky's Tears.
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It's always hard to think of a gift for family living in another province. This was an ideal gift as it can be shared by the whole family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brunt's Timeless Masterpiece Oct. 30 2009
By Pete
Stephen Brunt is the David Halberstam of Canadian sports writers. It's hard to read most other hockey books after you read one from Brunt. He must know that his work is really good, yet he is also humble.

Just read this book and see for yourself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Nov. 16 2009
Tried a few times to get into this book but did not find it easy. There is too much background detail to process for the topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gretzky's Tear Dec 27 2011
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The book was in great condition when i received it. It arrived in a timely manner and I was very happy with my purchase.
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