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Gross Misconduct: The Life of Spinner Spencer Hardcover – Oct 12 1988

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (Oct. 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670824275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670824274
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harris Macklin on March 1 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book covers the tragic life and sad death of former hockey player Brian "Spinner" Spencer. Many remember him from his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs, although those days were actually brief. The book covers his childhood in the B.C. Interior, through his hockey career, his move to a seemingly meaningless life in Florida, his trial for murder and his subsequent death. The book is very well written and much better than the movie of the same name. Most hockey fans will love this book.
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A very well written book .... honest and to the point .... it is a story of how a small town kids desire made him achieve his goal of making it to the NHL ... these were the days of low pay and when his playing career was over .... he did not have a lot to fall back on .
Martin O'Malley takes you through this roller coaster ride leaving out few details .
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By Gary Wagner on Nov. 9 2014
Format: Hardcover
I remember Spencer from the days when the NHL was worth watching. The backstory is fascinating. Young athletes aspiring to a pro career should read it. Fans of the NHL should learn what life was like before the obscene contracts of the so-called "modern era."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What a tale to tell Jan. 29 2006
By Johngy's Beat - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in the 1970's as a big hockey fan. I loved the hard-nosed scrappers. None was more hard-nosed or scrappier than Brian Spencer. I knew Brian as an exciting, intense player, who had a decent career playing for a few teams.

What I did not know was the hardships he faced all through his life. His father was an overly intense man, who once knocked out a young Brian while 'teaching' him to be a better player. His father would also play a tragic part in Brian's first NHL game.

After his career, Brian's life went in a downhill slide which included a murder trial. Brian was eventually acquitted due to lack of evidence, but the ordeal took its' toll.

Eventually, Spencer's life seemed to be on the upswing, only to have tragedy intervene once again. This time, it was permanent, as Spencer was killed while being held up.

This is a great book, which examines every part of Spencer's life. This is an honest look into Spencer's life on and off the ice, which was often sad, tragic and ugly.

After Spencer's career ended, I, as a young fan, wrote a letter to Spencer's family trying to obtain a signed picture. I had no idea what was developing in his life, until the FBI called my house to determine my involvement with Spencer. I was advised to stop my attempt to communicate with him until all was resolved. After reading this book, I finally got the whole story.
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A well written book Jan. 6 2009
By Robert Sabella - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very well written book that keeps you very involved.
This book gives you a great account of the average professional athlete and what their life can entail.
On the whole a sad tragic story in many ways.
Books like this can always cause some soul searching.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good May 4 2011
By Laurie G - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sometimes I feel biographies and auto briographies are a bit "dry" or slow. This book was a fast read. The book covers the childhood of Spinner Spencer in Ft. St. James,BC and then into his NHL life with the Maple Leafs,Sabres and Penguins and Islanders. He is indicted for a 5 yr old murder in Florida and the twists and turns of his life are played out. After being aquitted and surrounded by friends to help him restablish his life,he is murdered. I will never believe his murder is an act of random violence.I usually don't like trial reads,but this too was interesiting and a speedy read.Brian was a fan favorite and for his fans,friends and family he will always be remembered fondly. "
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Excellent Dec 20 2009
By J. John Sebastian Attorney - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a real page turner. I remember watching Spencer in the Islanders first season , he was a gritty player and a fan favorite.
I highly recommend this book July 28 2014
By Don Zacchino - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was very well written and about a fascinating subject, the tragic life of former NHLer Brian Spencer. I remember watching Brian as a player but was unaware of his post-career problems. Not knowing what would happen next made the book all the more gripping. I highly recommend this book, especially if you do not know Brian's story.

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