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The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend

Joyce, Gare

Editore: Wiley, 2012
ISBN 10: 1118065743 / ISBN 13: 9781118065747
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Titolo: The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's ...

Casa editrice: Wiley

Data di pubblicazione: 2012

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Riassunto: An award-winning writer sets the record straight on hockey's forgotten golden boy?Bobby Hull

In his prime, few could dispute Bobby Hull's athletic brilliance?the first to have five 50-goal seasons, the highest scorer on the 1976 Canada Cup team, the first to use the slapshot as a scoring weapon, and the first hockey player to sign a million-dollar contract. With his body-builder torso, and his 100 mph volleys across a rink, the world of hockey glory was his to lose. And he did. With his publicized marital troubles and his defection from the NHL to the WHA, Hull's star began to fall, leaving him broke and in exile from the game. In The Devil and Bobby Hull, this once great hockey player and pioneer is finally given his due.

Not only are Hull's remarkable on-ice achievements finally put in perspective, so, too, are his achievements off the rink?including endorsements for a wide array of products (rare for an NHL player) and his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record four times. And the book details how Hull's battle with the owners of the Chicago Blackhawks?challenging the reserve clause in his contract, a move that enabled him to move to the WHA?helped other players follow him.

  • The author places Hull squarely in the pantheon of other hockey greats, including Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky?and makes the case that he is the game's most influential and important player
  • This is the full, unauthorized story of Hull's life?that doesn't sidestep the controversies (including the domestic violence tainting his private life)
  • Details Hull's recent reconciliation with the Chicago Blackhawks

A candid look at one of hockey's most gifted and controversial figures, The Devil and Bobby Hull tells the story of his extraordinary career and life?and why this remarkable man has not faded into oblivion.

Dal risvolto interno: In 1972 Bobby Hull was the Golden Jet, the most prolific scorer in the history of the National Hockey League. And then he walked away. Not from the game but from the NHL. Though he landed the biggest contract in professional sports, including a $1-million bonus up front, his decision to jump to the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association wasn't based only on finances. It was payback, a piece of the ugliest grudge in the game: the hard feelings between Hull and the Wirtz family, owners of the Chicago Black Hawks.

Though Hull still had some great moments in the '70s, many went unseen by hockey fans and his legacy started to unravel. So did his reputation when his deeply troubled marriage ended and his unseemly personal life was aired in divorce court.

The Devil and Bobby Hull is an unauthorized warts-and-all treatment of Hull's very public mid-life crisis in the 1970s, a time when sports were undergoing a sea change, when money mattered as much as or more than games, when an athlete's life away from the arena became fair game for the media.

Award-winning writer Gare Joyce weaves a fascinating and well-rounded narrative out of the prime and decline of Robert Marvin Hull, supported by interviews with Hull himself and many others who played with him and knew him throughout his career. This is a must-read book for hockey fans. It presents a compelling case that Hull is the most influential player the game has ever seen and its most unfairly overlooked superstar.

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