The team lost tons of money and games, cheated death more often than Evel Knievel, and left behind a long trail of broken dreams. Through a comprehensive season-by-season narrative and a section of definitive statistics, Currier brings to life the Seals’ entire history with lighthearted anecdotes, personal interviews, and statistics about hockey’s most infamous losing team.
. From 1967 to 1978, originally based in oakland, a revolving door of players, apathetic owners, and ridiculous marketing decisions turned the Seals, into hockey’s traveling circus. Hockey has had its share of bizarre tales over the years, but none compares to the fascinating story of the California Golden Seals, a team that remains the benchmark for how not to run a sports franchise.
Live seals were used as mascots, players wore skates that were painted white on an almost-daily basis, and draft picks were dealt away nonchalantly like cards at a poker game. One general manager was hauled in for questioning by mysterious men because he’d mismanaged a player contract, while one of the team’s goaltenders regularly spat tobacco juice at the feet of referees.
The california golden seals examines the franchise’s entire mismanaged—but always interesting—history, from its ballyhooed beginnings as a minor-league champion in the 1960s to its steep slide into oblivion in the late 1970s after moving to Cleveland.
We Did Everything But Win: Former New York Rangers Remember the Emile Francis Era 1964-1976
We did everything but win is a tribute to the rangers of that era; jacques plante and marcel paille, Harry Howell and Jim “The Chief” Neilson, ” the “G-A-G Line, Eddie Giacomin and Gilles Villemure, “The Old Smoothies, ” and the “Bulldog Line. It’s the story of colorful players with nicknames like “boomer, Rod Gilbert, ” and “Sarge” and fan favorites such as Brad Park, ” “Stemmer, Jean Ratelle, Walt Tkaczuk.
. We did everything but win: an oral history of the emile francis era new york Rangers 1964–1976 is an entertaining account of one of the most exciting and unforgettable periods in the history of the Broadway Blueshirts as told by Francis as well as several of his players. George grimm chronicles each season of the francis era when “The Cat” transformed them from perennial league doormats to a team that made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs for nine consecutive seasons, including a Finals appearance in 1972.
There are also chapters detailing emile’s playing career and his hiring as general manager as well as the aftermath of his dismissal and an analysis of his tenure behind the bench and as GM. It was during those years that the National Hockey League doubled in size and the Rangers moved into a brand-new Madison Square Garden.
It’s all here—the highs and the lows, the inspiring victories, the devastating losses, and the funny moments along the way. As the popularity of the national hockey league skyrocketed, who could forget the rangers’ battles on the ice with Boston’s Big Bad Bruins and Philadelphia’s Broad Street Bullies and showdowns with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks? All the great moments are here including a heart-stopping, triple-overtime victory in the 1971 playoffs and Vic Hadfield’s 50th goal the following season.
Icing on the Plains: The Rough Ride of Kansas City's NHL Scouts
But while the franchise underperformed on the ice and at the box office, there was also triumphs and plenty of laughs mixed in with the tears. Perhaps the franchise’s owners should have guessed it would be a struggle from the beginning: After finally getting an arena, its original name—the Mo-Hawks—was rejected because the Chicago Blackhawks thought it too closely resembled their moniker.
Filled with player interviews and painstakingly researched, this book pays tribute to the history of professional hockey in Kansas City, the city’s other pro sports teams, and athletics at large. This is the story of kansas city’s attempt to integrate major-league hockey into its sports marketplace, only to see it fall through thin ice.
Troy treasure, an award-winning sports reporter, tells the riveting story of the Kansas City Scouts, who began playing in the National Hockey League in 1974. During their two years on the ice, a combustible coach, the Scouts featured the biggest on-ice badass in the NHL, and one of hockey’s all-time funny men.
The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association
The upstart wha introduced to the world 27 new hockey franchises, fractious lawsuits, a trail of bounced cheques, and folded teams. And how mark howe sometimes forgot not to yell “Dad!” when he called for his teammate father, Gordie, to pass. They didn’t know much about hockey, but they sure knew how to shake things up.
How the oilers had to smuggle fugitive forward Frankie “Seldom” Beaton out of their dressing room in an equipment bag. By the end of its seven years, quebec nordiques, edmonton oilers, there were just six teams left standing, four of which – the Winnipeg Jets, and Hartford Whalers – would wind up in the expanded NHL.
. It introduced the crackpots, goons, and crazies that are so well remembered as the league’s bizarre legacy. But the hit-and-miss league was much more than a travelling circus of the weird and wonderful. It tells the story of bobby hull’s astonishing million-dollar signing, which helped launch the league, and how he lost his toupee in an on-ice scrap.
It explains how a team of naked Birmingham Bulls ended up in an arena concourse spoiling for a brawl. The wildest seven years in the history of hockeyThe Rebel League celebrates the good, the bad, and the ugly of the fabled WHA. It was the vanguard that drove hockey into the modern age. There’s the making of slap shot, that classic of modern cinema, Anders Hedberg, and the making of the virtuoso line of Hull, and Ulf Nilsson.
Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL
For fans of terry pluto’s loose balls or jim bouton’s ball four and of course Pearlman’s own stranger-than-fiction narratives, Football for a Buck is sports as high entertainment—and a cautionary tale of the dangers of ego and excess. It secured multiple television deals. From a multiple new york times bestselling author, you-can’t-make-this-up story of the USFL The United States Football League—known fondly to millions of sports fans as the USFL—was the last football league to not merely challenge the NFL, the rollicking, outrageous, but cause its owners and executives to collectively shudder.
Trump. It spanned three seasons, 1983-85. From 1980s drug excess to airplane brawls and player-coach punch outs, to backroom business deals, to some of the most enthralling and revolutionary football ever seen, audacious, boozy, Pearlman transports readers back in time to this crazy, unforgettable era of the game.
In football for a buck, the dogged reporter and biographer Jeff Pearlman draws on more than four hundred interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports entities to have ever captivated America. But then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner—a New York businessman named Donald J.
It drew millions of fans and launched the careers of legends. The league featured as many as 18 teams, reggie White, and included such superstars as Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie and Mike Rozier.
Gratoony the Loony: The Wild, Unpredictable Life of Gilles Gratton
He refused to don his equipment and man his net if the planets were not properly aligned. Louis blues and New York Rangers in the NHL. And so, he quit hockey to seek enlightenment. Now, loony story: from his early days in montreal, in his autobiography, where his brother norm Gratton became an NHL player, the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros of the rogue WHA, too; through his stints with the OHA’s Oshawa Generals, yes, Gratton teams up with author Greg Oliver to tell his wild and at times, and the St.
Sex, and rock ’n’ roll ruled his life, drugs, not stopping pucks. He created one of hockey’s most famous goalie masks based on his astrological sign. Truthfully? he never really wanted to be an NHL goaltender; he wanted to be Tibetan monk. He skated naked at practice. One of hockey’s most colourful characters, from hockey’s most colourful era, tells all Gilles Gratton was not a typical pro hockey player.
He fought with coaches and management, speaking his mind to his detriment.
Before 94: The Story of the 1978-79 New York Rangers
Before 94: the story of the 1978–79 new york Rangers is an entertaining look back at one of the most beloved teams in the franchise's storied history. Eddie "ej" johnstone, steve "sarge" vickers, wayne thomas, walt Tkaczuk, Ron Greschner, Pat "Hitch" Hickey, Bobby "SheCat" Sheehan, and others also recall that magical season.
It’s all here—the highs and the lows, the inspiring victories, the devastating losses, and the funny moments along the way. It recounts their exciting and unpredictable run to the Stanley Cup Finals with firsthand accounts from many of the players who will forever remain in the hearts of the Blueshirt faithful.
Mark rosenman and howie karpin chronicle each game of the magical season when Fred “The Fog” Shero, in his first season behind the bench, took the team all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s the story of a team with an abundance of young talent with just the right mix of veteran leadership that allowed them to overachieve and capture the attention of the Big Apple.
Key players such as captain dave maloney, ron duguay, and john davidson, hall of famer phil esposito, wha imports anders hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, his brother Don, the goalie who stood on his head while the Madison Square Garden faithful chanted “JD” share their memories of all the great moments including the playoff battles with Shero's former Broad Street Bullies team from Philadelphia and the epic showdown with their rival New York Islanders en route to the Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.
Before 94 is a loving tribute to the team that formed the foundation for a generation of Rangers fans.
Hockey Night Fever: Mullets, Mayhem and the Game's Coming of Age in the 1970s
This book is a welcome reappraisal of the ten years that changed how the sport was played and experienced. There was one commissioner, black, white, six teams and five colours--red, blue and yellow. The seventies had arrived: the era that gave us not only disco, polyester suits, lava lamps and mullets but also the movie Slap Shot and the arrest of ten NHL players for on-ice mayhem.
But it also gave us hockey's greatest encounter the 1972 canada-russia summit, 1975, its most splendid team, the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, and the most aesthetically satisfying game--the three-all tie on New Year's Eve, between the Canadiens and the Soviet Red Army. Until 1967, every player, coach, referee and GM in the NHL had been a Canadian.
Informed by first-hand interviews with players and game officials, and sprinkled with sidebars on the art and artifacts that defined Seventies hockey, the book brings dramatically alive hockey's most eventful, exciting decade. Oh, and one nationality. Modern hockey was born in the sport's wild, sensational, sometimes ugly Seventies growth spurt.
Doubleday Canada. A wildly evocative chronicle of the decade that changed hockey forever. Lady byng died in boston" read a sign in the Garden arena in 1970, a cheery dismissal of the NHL trophy awarded the game's most gentlemanly player. The forces at play in the decade's battle for hockey supremacy--dazzling speed vs.
The First Season: 1917-18 and the Birth of the NHL
Doubleday Canada. But despite all this, the league survived―and became the worldwide standard for competitive hockey. With chapters devoted to the first-ever nhl playoffs and stanley Cup championships, Duff’s The First Season is essential reading for every hockey fan, in addition to team and player profiles and vintage black and white photos, providing real insight about the first generation of hockey heroes.
The national hockey league is celebrating its hundredth anniversary in 2017–2018―but Bob Duff’s The First Season reveals how close the league came to folding in its very first year. Set against the turmoil of the great war and born out of a ruse to rid the league of reviled Toronto owner Eddie Livingstone, to rival leagues and divided fan loyalties, the new league suffered from a series of crises: from a shortfall of quality players due to military conscription, to the burning down of the Montreal Arena that was home ice to two teams.
WHA Gameday: 1972-1979 game program stories from the archives of the WHA Hall of Fame
Paper game programs were especially vital promotional tools for the fledgling 1972-1979 World Hockey Association. Together these feature story highlights from the 1972-1979 WHA era help paint a more complete picture of the people who populated this unique major league. These features contain behind-the-scene glimpses about the personalities that made the WHA game possible – and that is why I love them so much.
Rest in peace to the paper hockey game program. They most certainly were promotional in nature – but they also reveal so much humanity about 1970s major league hockey players and their WHA teams. Actual paper game programs once were king of the informational grapevine for hockey fans. At their peak – in the golden age of 1970s major league hockey expansion – they were full sized 8 ½” x 11” magazines, with color covers and 50-75 page interiors.
Slowly, and then in physical size, from the 1990s onward, the paper game programs were reduced in page count, and then in frequency of publication. Then they were gone altogether. They contained player rosters, and game schedules, action photos, and statistics. They were positive in tone, and shied away from controversies.
For decades it was a ubiquitous game day companion for fans at pro hockey games, but now it is sadly replaced by electronic team web pages or cellular phone updates.
The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage
The story that unfolded after they were brought together in Detroit by the masterful coach Scotty Bowman is unforgettable. This story includes details never before revealed, and by the man who was there every step of the way – from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap around Red Square and the Kremlin.
The russian five did more to bridge Russian and American relations than decades of diplomacy and détente between the White House and the Kremlin. Another player who wasn’t quite ready to leave yet felt like he was being kidnapped by an unscrupulous agent. Doubleday Canada. All they had to do then was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out.
This is their story. One defection created an international incident and made global headlines. Their individual stories read like pulse-pounding spy novels. They are the russian five: sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov. Two others were outcast when they stood up publicly against the Soviet regime, winning their freedom to play in the NHL only after years of struggle.
Another player faked cancer, thanks to the Wings’ extravagant bribes to Russian doctors, including a big American car.