Between the Pipes: A Revealing Look at Hockey's Legendary Goalies Paperback – 2013
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Sharing stories and facts about the lives of legendary goalies of the NHL both on and off the ice, including Terry Sawchuk, Gump Worsley, Dominik Hasek, and Ron Hextall.
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Having said that, it's a terrific read especially if you're into some of the odd trivia about these goalies. For example, even though from reading Gump Worsley's biography I knew he was good enough at soccer to play against legendary English club side Tottenham Hotspur (has that blown your mind yet?) but also played semi-pro soccer in Quebec captaining a side to a national Final. Or she nails it but talking about that infamous playoff incident where in a scrum near the boards at Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers' Vic Hadfield rips off Toronto Maple Leafs' Bernie Parent's mask and tosses it into the crowd. The mask disappears forcing Jacques Plante to replace Parent in net as by that time no sane goalie played net without a mask. It's odd tidbits dispersed throughout the book like this that make this a fun read.
Druzin is not writing some comprehensive end all and be all to the best goalies of all-time. She chose 12 goalies from the '50s through to now to focus on. She gives us a bit of background on each goalie's rise to the NHL and then a season-by-season-ish look at what they accomplished is expounded on and follows up on their post-playing careers. She keeps it simple using wins, shutouts, goals against average and save percentage when throwing stats at us. Although, I think only save percentage really is of any value as after all, for example, Gilles Meloche was a great goalie stuck on a horrendously bad California Golden Seals team that won very few games. Once he got on a halfway decent team in the Minnesota North Stars, he led that team to the Stanley Cup Final.Read more ›
Each person profiled has a unique place in the history of the NHL and how the game and the position of goaltender are played. The insightful writing gave me new insight into some true characters and innovators of the game. After finishing this book off, I came to the conclusion that I have now found the Christmas gift of choice for a number of friends and family. Thanks for making this upcoming holiday's shopping a helluva lot easier.
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Interesting read but there was to many statics. At time felt I was reading a records book. Could have been more stories about the individuals and there careers. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2013 by Rick Bowen
Fun to read as well as very informative. I feel like I met some of the goalies personally after reading this.Published on Dec 1 2013 by Pete