on May 14, 2015
This book is not perfect by any means, but I very much enjoyed it and give it full marks.
I have always wondered why Bobby Hull ended up as one of hockey's greatest players who is not celebrated by the NHL, and this book answered many of my questions. I grew up in Montreal of the 1970's and we had Jean Beliveau as the quintessential hockey gentleman (and what a great man he is, as anybody who met him will attest to. My dad, a hard man, met him and thought the world of him.)
Bobby Hull is no Beliveau. He is a flawed man who happened to be a great hockey player. The book portrays many of his shortcomings and warts, but as one reviewer notes, come up a little short with hard (or ugly) facts and criticism. I found that this just made Hull out to be pathetic more than he was bad or mean.
This book is about his personal life, but also does a pretty good job arguing that Hull is perhaps the most important player in professional hockey history for what he accomplished off the ice. He was the player who changed the game, and made a lot of enemies doing so. Sure, somebody would have eventually changed the game, but he is that man (tho a case could be made for Bobby Orr.)
And he might not have killed anybody (as a reviewer notes) but he sure beat some people senseless. The Reg Fleming fight chapter of the book is quite revealing.
If you have ever wondered about the Bobby Hull phenomenon, and I guess many people don't given what little attention is paid to him, then this is your book. It is generally well written and informative, and certainly has a well argued revisionist tone. I found it second hand and probably wouldn't have bought it new, but am very glad I read it. Time well wasted.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
I anticipated a book which documented the struggles of a legend in hockey who fell from grace, and his attemps at redemption. Mr Hull who is a Canadian sports icon, obviously has had his share of struggles, but the author spent more time recounting games, highlights and his foray into the WHA. There really was very little about his troubles, the title is misleading. The colorful antics of pro sports stars are things not shown on tv, i can watch old Chicago games on NHL classic tv, i dont need a recap of his 1960 playoff games.
I was dissapointed in this obviously unauthorized bio. Most likely why the author touched so little on Bobby Hull's life. Boring read for an interesting sports figure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Growing up in the 60's and 70's Bobby Hull was the man ..... he was my boyhood idol .... I followed this man's career to the end and this book helped fill in a few areas that I was unaware of. It is written brutally honest and accurate .... even though there are a few typo errors in the book it is a overall must read for any Bobby Hull fan ! Every Professional hockey player that has played after Bobby Hull, should pay their dues for what he accomplished, he was indeed the Micky Mantle of hockey!
Williams Lake, BC
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on November 1, 2011
A very dark and foreboding account of one of the premier NHL players of all time.
A justifiably resentful Bobby Hull, screwed over by the 1960's Chicago Blackhawks owned by the miserly Wirtz family, as did most players of his time where hockey teams virtually held sway over the lives of their players before the advent of the NHL Players Association, disullisioned with the lack of respect and monetary compensation that was deserved for such a star player, jumped to the fledgling World Hockey Association.
An eye-opening account for the hockey fan who lived during the WHA era as one feels both sympathy for Hull, who tried to make the best of a situation where he never received the credit he deserved, and antipathy for the negative publicity he drew for his off-ice and somewhat arrogant demeanour.
A sad end for one of the greatest players in the game.