From the moment Wayne Gretzky joined the NHL, as an 18 year old prospect, he changed the game. He led a dynasty of young stars to a level of speed and skill we had never seen before. The result was four Stanley Cups in six years. By the time he hung up his skates 20 years later, he had re-written the record book, and spread hockey’s popularity from California across the USA.
We already know what he means to the game. What we haven't seen is what the game means to him. In 99: Stories of the Game, Wayne Gretzky, on the eve of the league’s one hundredth birthday, tells us about the NHL's most memorable moments from his point of view. Wayne shares never-before-published anecdotes about the great players and great characters who have inspired him.
From hockey's fierce early battles on natural ice, through its mythical golden era, where Howe, Richard, Beliveau, Hull, Orr and Esposito defined greatness, through the unforgettable dynasties in Montreal, New York and Edmonton, through today’s success stories in Detroit, Chicago, LA and Pittsburgh.
Written with the insight of someone who knows the incomparable thrill of lifting the Stanley Cup, as well as the agony of falling short against a bitter rival, Wayne has gathered the best from his memories, victories and defeats, friendships and rivalries. All of them great stories. 99 great Stories of the Game.
WAYNE GRETZKY is known around the world simply as "The Great One." He started early, at the age of three, skating hours each day on a backyard rink his dad built for him. By the age of ten, he scored 378 goals in one season. He went on to score more goals, more assists and more points than any other NHL player. He has won Stanley Cups, Canada Cups, and an Olympic Gold Medal. There is simply no bigger name in the game.
KIRSTIE MCLELLAN DAY ranks among the top hockey book writers in the world thanks to the four national bestsellers: Theo Fleury’s memoir Playing with Fire, Bob Probert's Tough Guy and Ron MacLean's Cornered and Hockey Towns. Kirstie is a mother of five and is married to television producer Larry Day. Together they own one of Canada's most successful television companies, Pyramid Productions.
ISBN - 10: 0735232628
ISBN - 13: 9780735232624
Maclean’s magazine calls her ‘Canada’s Ice Queen’ and the Globe and Mail says she’s ‘Hockey's leading muse’. Kirstie McLellan Day is best known for the back to back to back bestsellers she co-wrote with Bob Probert, Ron MacLean and Theo Fleury. Fleury's Playing With Fire spent more than six months at the top of the Canadian bestseller list. Kirstie was a finalist for the prestigious 2010 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award. She adapted the book into a play and in May 2012 won the Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best Production of the Year.
Kirstie is CEO of Pyramid Productions Inc. Formed in 1983, Pyramid’s first series, The Movie Show, aired for 17 years and was broadcast in over 70 countries. Kirsite’s writing career began with a WIC Network development deal on a scripted drama she created called, Cyrano de Bow Wow.
Kirstie's specialty is finding the voice of her subjects and telling people's stories. She has worked as Head Writer on documentaries, reality and scripted series, including Theo Fleury (HBO), Jann Arden (CTV), Ian Tyson (CBC), Wild Horses of the Canadian Rockies (Animal Planet), Wild Obsession (Discovery) and numerous episodes of Biography (A&E). Kirstie has written and made television for PBS, CTV, CBC, Global and Shaw Media, Citytv, W Network, Cosmo, CMT, Movie Central, The Movie Network, Bravo!, Slice, TVtropolis, Animal Planet, Court TV, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet. She also wrote an entertainment column for The Calgary Herald for six years and currently serves as executive producer and senior writer on Celebrity Style Story, a 60 episode series for E! Canada.
Kirstie was born in Saskatchewan and studied drama at the University of Regina. She moved to Alberta in 1973 and has since worked as a private detective, investigative journalist, columnist, television host, producer and CEO of Pyramid Productions Inc. She and husband, broadcaster Larry Day have five children and three grandchildren.