Straight Shooter: The Brad Park Story Hardcover – Aug 13 2012
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"Brad is not only a Hall of Famer as a player; he's a Hall of Famer as a guy."
—Don Cherry, from the foreword
For a hockey-mad kid from the suburbs of Toronto, Brad Park didn't do too badly.
Playing the game every chance he got, often with his brother or under the watchful eye of his coach father, Brad quickly found the work ethic and talent that would take him far. Rising through the ranks of junior hockey with the Toronto Marlies and Buffalo Bisons, it wasn't long before he was proving himself a key member of the New York Rangers and later the Boston Bruins. But Brad's story is about more than just his time on the ice. It's about life in the NHL, his experiences off the ice, of building teams and what it takes to build a career out of the sport you love. It's about his family, his friendships and the hard work and dedication it takes to balance everything.
Through the highs of playoff rounds and the '72 Summit Series to his trying times with the Detroit Red Wings and the lows of knee surgeries that could have ended his career prematurely, Thom Sears and Brad Park take you on a guided tour deep into the heart of one of the longest and most distinguished careers ever seen in the NHL. Highlights and interviews from other notable stars such as Don Cherry, Walter Tkaczuk, Gerry Cheevers, Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert and a host of others, provide additional color, balance and insight.
Sometimes joyous, sometimes bittersweet, Straight Shooter is the captivating, authorized and candid biography of a hockey legend.
About the Author
Thom Sears was born in Cambridge, Ontario. He is a volunteer at the Hockey Hall of Fame and proud member of SIHR (Society for International Hockey Research). Growing up, Thom lived and breathed the game of hockey. He wrote his first hockey book at the age of 12; a simple book on Wayne Gretzky, complete with illustrations and cut up O-Pee-Chee and Topps hockey cards, that if left intact would be worth a small fortune today. Presently, Thom works as a professional actor in Toronto where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
For 17 NHL seasons Toronto-born Brad Park patrolled the blue line for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, bringing intelligence, skill, will and a quick wit to the game. He was a perennial All-Star who, in 1988, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Park currently lives in the Boston area, and is still a fixture at Bruins and Rangers alumni events.
Top Customer Reviews
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!).
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.