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Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame [Paperback]

Andy Bathgate , Pat LaFontaine , Bryan Trottier
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Sept. 23 2010

Detailed profiles of every player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame is the greatest individual honor that can be bestowed upon a professional hockey player. Since the first class in 1945, the Hockey Hall of Fame has inducted 244 players to its hallowed halls -- recent inductees include Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman.

Here are just a few of the Hockey Hall of Fame's most famous inductees:

  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Bobby Orr
  • Maurice Richard
  • Guy Lafleur
  • Patrick Roy
  • Tim Horton
  • Johnny Bower
  • Ken Dryden
  • Mark Messier
  • Frank Mahovlich

Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame features every player that has been honored with induction into the hall. The book profiles each Hall of Famer in a two-page hockey card-style spread, complete with stats, facts, quotes and other interesting snapshots from the star's career.

The book also includes first-person accounts of what it means to be a member of the Hall, as well as artifacts and memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame's extensive archive. Complete with more than 400 photos and illustrations, Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame is an essential reference for any hockey fan.


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Hockey fans throughout North America will enjoy this beautiful and richly illustrated record of the lives and careers of the nearly 400 players, builders, and on-ice officials whose signal contributions to hockey, and not merely the National Hockey League, have led to their enshrinement in the Hall of Fame located in Toronto. Beginning with Sid Abel and concluding with Steve Yzerman, the interested reader is treated to a brief account of the exploits of these fascinating athletes, enhanced here by the inclusion of photos depicting long-ago greats in their varied equipment and arenas. Notable as well are the vignettes explaining interesting trivia--such as "Who was born in Australia or Taiwan?"--and answers to trick questions such as which cities possess a small-size Stanley Cup trophy. The compilation of information on the female and European Hall of Famers is also noteworthy. This is a perfect addition to the reference and sporting sections of school and public libraries; for all hockey fans, young and old. (Gilles Renaud Library Journal 2010-11-15)

Every hockey fan appreciates the greatest players of all-time, especially those enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame. This book features forewords by Pat Lafontaine, Andy Bathgate, Luc Robitaille and Bryan Trottier. Their stories share their feelings about being selected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame provides statistics, biographies and photographs of every Honoured Member. There are quotes about the players along with trivia. Hockey fans will appreciate this book in their stocking this Christmas. (Hometown Hockey, Ontario Minor Hockey Association 2010-12-00)

This hockey historian's bible, a gem for any fan of the game, includes photos, stats and biographies of every player in the hockey shrine. Perhaps the definitive reference to date. (Dave Stubbs Montreal Gazette 2010-12-09)

A book that will be hard to resist for anyone interested in the position between the posts. It has great photos, profiles of the 33 goalies in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and an essay by ex-NHLer Brian Hayward on the question of whether goalies are crazy. A wonderful pocket-sized guide, perfect to have close by while watching the game. Two full pages are devoted to every NHL player in the Hockey Hall of Fame, in alphabetical order from Sid Abel to Steve Yzerman. (Waterloo Region Record 2010-11-27)

The Stanley Cup is the goal in hockey--just ask the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans, who are still grinning about their win this year after a 49-year drought. And a few of these same Blackhawks might just end up someday being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Since its inception in 1945, 244 players have received that honour, and this companion book presents each inductee on a two-page spread featuring stats, facts, quotes, and thoughts on what it means to be in the Hall. With more than 400 photos and illustrations, this book is a must for any hockey fan. (Good Times 2010-09-30)

This book is a whopper at 544 pages. Included are profiles on every inductee and more than 400 photos! And it's cover price is just $19.95 which means you should be able to get this book under $15 most places.... After seeing these beautiful pages, you'll definitely be looking to add this to your collection. (Joe Pelletier Hockey Book Review.com 2010-07-10)

This hockey historian's bible includes photos, stats and bios of every player in the hockey shrine. Perhaps the definitive reference to date. (Dave Stubbs Ottawa Citizen Holiday Gift Guide 2010-12-12)

This guide is a great introduction to hockey's greatest players and hockey fans will be delighted with all the information provided, including some of the anecdotes in the biographical information, such as the fact that Tim Horton was "nicknamed" 'Mister Magoo' because of his poor eyesight and 'Superman' because of his strength (p. 239) or that Stan Mikita was "one of only four players (with Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman, and Mike Modano) to play at least 20 seasons with only one organization". Hockey fans and hockey trivia buffs of all ages will enjoy this publication. (Victoria Powell Resource Links 2010-12-01)

About the Author

The Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum in Toronto, Ontario, honors and preserves the history of ice hockey and those who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in the development of the game.


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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for content, 1 star for legibility Dec 14 2010
Format:Paperback
Definitely worth 5 stars for the actual content but I sent mine back as the book's typeset is ludicrously small and thus virtually illegible. I have perfect eyesight but in order to read this book you would need to use a magnifying glass in order to do so. It's really a shame as this would have been a first class book if they had decided to print it in full size but the decision to publish the book in mini-size was a mistake. In over 45 years of reading, I have never, literally never, encountered a book with such ridiculously small print. As stated before, great content but I am sending mine back.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame Jan. 7 2011
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a small but thick book that contains the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Players are listed by alphabetical order, each player having 2 pages, one for a picture and the other with facts.
For those of us just trying to keep up with our children's or grandchildren's interest this does give a lot of information, but for a neophyte there are no keys to tell us what LG, GP, G, A, +/-, PIM, etc mean in the very small charts, that with my good bifocals I can just make out what it says. Other facts such as position, height, weight, born, died, seasons played are given. There is a listing of their trophies and other awards.

There are 4 forwards by Andy Bathgate, Pat LaFontaine, Luc Robitaille, and Bryan Trottier. NHL trophies are shown with just the first winner and what team had the most wins. Stanley Cup winners are given, also a list of Hockey leagues and an index.
If you don't let the small print bother you, this is a good book to show the members of the Hall of Fame
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely popular at my elementary/middle school library April 11 2014
By Vermont librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has been checked out 90 (90!) times since I bought it - 25 times this year alone. I'm getting a new copy to retire the book, which has held up remarkably well.
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