"Hockey All-Stars" is a
stunning visual and statistical record
HANOVER, N.H. (Nov. 6) --
From Howie Morenz and Terry Sawchuk to Paul
Kariya and Jaromir
Jagr, from Gordie Howe to Wayne Gretzky, from the brothers Hull to
the brothers Bentley -- "Hockey All-Stars/The NHL Honor Roll"
(Firefly Books, $40, 248 pages) showcases 281 players from virtually
every National Hockey League team and era.
McDonell, author of "For the Love of Hockey" and "Hockey's
Greatest Stars," has put his best foot forward with his newest
effort. The book's focus is not on players selected for the midseason NHL
All-Star game. Instead, McDonell concentrates on the dozen players
selected annually at the end of the season by the Professional Hockey
The mix and
match of the famous, such as Howe and Ken Dryden, along with the not so
famous, such as Flash Hollett and Hy Buller, gives the book a historical
alphabetical who's who of the game's honor roll, "Hockey
All-Stars" is also a retrospective about some of the stars who time
has passed by, such as Baldy Northcott, Ebbie Goodfellow and Sweeney
who had a full head of thick hair, was nicknamed "Baldy" by an
envious sports writer. His career (1928-1939) was spent almost entirely
with the Montreal Maroons. He was an All-Star in 1933.
spent his entire career (1929-1943) with Detroit and was selected to three
born in Saratov, Russia, played from 1934-1946 with the New York Americans
and Toronto. Left wing was his position, and he played it so well that he
was a first team All-Star in 1936 and 1941 and was on the second team in
players, like all the others in the book, are succinctly profiled with
relevant stats, anecdotal material and vintage photographs. There are also
reminiscences and colorful anecdotes from people who were there.
One of the
more interesting entries focuses on Ray Borque, already an 18-time
All-Star. "Every day you've got to prove yourself," Borque says,
"and that's how I've played this game my entire life." Born in
Montreal in 1960, the great defenseman shows no sign of letting up.
All-Stars" also contains a chronological list of every first and
second All-Star team. These "dream teams" never were on the same
ice together, but it makes for mind-boggling contemplation of the
combinations that could have been put out there had they skated together.
reference, for browsing, and especially for fans of the sport --
"Hockey All-Stars" is the book to get or give. It is just
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