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Searching for Bobby Orr av Stephen Brunt
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Searching for Bobby Orr (utgåvan 2007)

av Stephen Brunt

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The book that hockey fans have been waiting for: the definitive, unauthorized account of the man many say was the greatest player the game has ever seen. The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in sport. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know that the myth surrounding Canada's great pastime originates in places like Bobby Orr's Parry Sound. In the glory years of the Original Six - an era when the majority of NHLers were Canadian - hockey players seemed to emerge fully formed from our frozen rivers and backyard rinks, to have found the source of their genius somehow in the landscape. Like Mozart, they just appeared - Howie Morenz, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Orr - spun out of the elements, prodigies, geniuses, originals, to stoke the fantasy of a nation united around a puck. Bobby Orr redefined the defensive style of hockey; there was nothing like it before him. He was the first to infuse the defenseman position with offensive juice, driving up the ice, setting up players and scoring some goals of his own. He was the first player to win three straight MVP awards, the first defenseman to score twenty or more goals in a season. His most famous goal won the Boston Bruins the Stanley Cup in 1970 - for the first time in twenty-nine years - against the St. Louis Blues in overtime. But history will also remember Bobby Orr as a key figure in the Alan Eagleson scandal, and as the unfortunate player forced into early retirement in 1978 because of his injuries. His is a story of dramatic highs and lows. In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada's foremost sportswriter gives us a compelling andgraceful look at the life and times of Bobby Orr that is also a revealing portrait of a game and a country in transition. So Bobby Orr could skate, he could stickhandle, he could fight when he had to. He could shoot without looking at the net, without tipping a goaltender as to what was coming. His slapshot came without a big windup, and was deadly accurate. Skating backwards, defending, he was all but unbeatable one on one. He could poke check the puck away, or muscle a forward into the boards. In front of his own net, stronger on his feet than his skinny frame would suggest, he wouldn't be moved. But there was more... - from Searching for Bobby Orr From the Hardcover edition.… (mer)
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Titel:Searching for Bobby Orr
Författare:Stephen Brunt
Info:Triumph Books (2007), Paperback, 304 pages
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My best friend knows nothing about hockey. She does know who Bobby Orr is though.

The author comes right out and say it, “Bobby Orr did not give his blessing on this book.” But he is of the opinion that Bobby might have if he hadn’t been writing his own book about his life. The author honored Bobby’s request to not talk to his family. The information in this book is taken from published accounts and people who know Bobby. Some of Bobby’s friends refused to talk, others talked on condition of anonymity, this is all detailed in the book. There is information about Bobby’s life growing up in Parry Sound, how he got into hockey, his style of play etc. There is almost no information about his personal life after he got married. Bobby kept that part of his life private.

One of the reasons I like reading sports bios is there is usually information about the sport. This book does not disappoint in this area. We learn the history of hockey from when there were only 6 teams. Mr. Brunt talks about how hard it was to get new teams. He talks about the difference in the game then and now. We learn about agents and junior league, too many things for me to mention here. But its all there. Told in a compelling narrative that grabs and doesn’t let go.

This book was so compelling I bought my own copy. I recommend this book. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
Stephen Brunt is the best sports journalist in Canada (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/stephen-brunt/). His passion for hockey, and for Bobby Orr, shine through in this book, which is an unauthorized biography of Number 4. While Orr did not make himself available to the author, Brunt is well connected and was able to talk to many sources that have been close to Bobby throughout his life. My one quibble with the work is that it seemed to take for granted a pre-existing knowledge of all things Bobby, and as someone who wasn’t around for those glory years, I found myself yearning for more details on the games, seasons, and general NHL atmosphere of the time. ( )
  Qorvus | Jul 19, 2011 |
A well-written biography of one of the sport's best. Not quite at the level of Dryden's The Game, but a solid second place for this walk through the life of hockey's greatest defenseman. Game descriptions are particularly vivid. ( )
  JohnCouke | Jun 22, 2010 |
I liked that it was mostly an admiring portrayal, but Brunt showed some of Orr's warts as well. This book assumes a knowledge of some things that I thought was a little unrealistic(this is probably aimed toward a Canadian audience, with intimate knowledge of the Summit Series, the inaugural Canada Cup, and the misdeeds of Alan Eagleson), and I found myself wanting more background in some points.

Mostly a good book. Bobby Orr has always been someone I admired, despite having been too young to see him play. I would recommend this to other hockey fans, but probably those with more interest and knowledge of the roots of the game. ( )
1 rösta pecochran | Dec 18, 2008 |
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The book that hockey fans have been waiting for: the definitive, unauthorized account of the man many say was the greatest player the game has ever seen. The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in sport. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know that the myth surrounding Canada's great pastime originates in places like Bobby Orr's Parry Sound. In the glory years of the Original Six - an era when the majority of NHLers were Canadian - hockey players seemed to emerge fully formed from our frozen rivers and backyard rinks, to have found the source of their genius somehow in the landscape. Like Mozart, they just appeared - Howie Morenz, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Orr - spun out of the elements, prodigies, geniuses, originals, to stoke the fantasy of a nation united around a puck. Bobby Orr redefined the defensive style of hockey; there was nothing like it before him. He was the first to infuse the defenseman position with offensive juice, driving up the ice, setting up players and scoring some goals of his own. He was the first player to win three straight MVP awards, the first defenseman to score twenty or more goals in a season. His most famous goal won the Boston Bruins the Stanley Cup in 1970 - for the first time in twenty-nine years - against the St. Louis Blues in overtime. But history will also remember Bobby Orr as a key figure in the Alan Eagleson scandal, and as the unfortunate player forced into early retirement in 1978 because of his injuries. His is a story of dramatic highs and lows. In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada's foremost sportswriter gives us a compelling andgraceful look at the life and times of Bobby Orr that is also a revealing portrait of a game and a country in transition. So Bobby Orr could skate, he could stickhandle, he could fight when he had to. He could shoot without looking at the net, without tipping a goaltender as to what was coming. His slapshot came without a big windup, and was deadly accurate. Skating backwards, defending, he was all but unbeatable one on one. He could poke check the puck away, or muscle a forward into the boards. In front of his own net, stronger on his feet than his skinny frame would suggest, he wouldn't be moved. But there was more... - from Searching for Bobby Orr From the Hardcover edition.

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