One of my fave players of all-time comes out with an autobio that just fits exactly the way he played. It's a cool, calm, composed, honest look at a life in hockey, and I have even greater respect for his career and the man himself after reading this. The knee injuries alone just leave my mind boggled as to how he was able to play at such a high level all those seasons. It also explains his style of play that was more controlled (think Nicklas Lidstrom but tougher) as he aged.
Also, some gems were getting to know how as a young 24-year-old defenseman reacted to all the craziness of the '72 Summit Series as well as learning more about those late '70s to early '90s Boston Bruins teams. It was also interesting to note how Park was one of the early voices to question Alan Eagleson's involvement in the slush funds the Canada Cups became (as well as all the other scams the guy pulled as NHLPA head).
Plus if you thought the Toronto Maple Leafs were a messed-up organization back in the Harold Ballard era, wait till you read about Park's trip (during his junior Marlies' days when the Laffs owned the junior team in Toronto) to the emergency ward and subsequent trip to see the Leafs' team doctor (who it turned out was a gynecologist!).
on November 10, 2012
This is a good book. I can remember hockey in the '70s and it gives good insight to the goings on. Especially, liked the chapter on Allan Eagleson and how he ripped off the players in collusion with the owners. Stole money from the Canada Cups which was suppose to go to the players pension. Supported the Cleveland Barons for one year on players pension money. Park was one of the best d-men in game and his pension is only $13,000 a year.
As a big time Habs fan like the chapter on "hate the Habs". Playoffs those years were some of best moments of my youth. Like Park said in the book, Habs had 11 hall of famers, Bruins had 3. I think Boston was able to push Montreal to brink on elimination with togetherness and hard work. I was real glad of trade in '75, to the Bruins. Rangers at that time was hated in Montreal. They beat us out of playoffs in '72 and '74. We knew once the trade was made Rangers would never be the same and opened it up more for Habs.
Park mentions writing an early book with Stan Fischler also. Around the early '70s. I would like to find a copy as it most likely is a good read.
on September 7, 2012
"Straight Shooter: The Brad Park Story" is the first book by Toronto Actor Thom Sears, and it doesn't disappoint. Sears delves into his subject with great care, telling us not just about Brad's career on the ice, but about his time after hockey and up to the current day. Interviews with Brad's hockey chums are interspersed with comments from his family to paint a detailed portrait of one of the best hockey players never to win a Stanley Cup. As Sears will tell you, this doesn't bother Brad - he remains proud of what he gave to the game that also gave him so much. The Forward by Don Cherry really adds to the authenticity and validity of the book. A must-read for any hockey fan.