No one has been as close to the game as Wayne Gretzky. When he first laced up skates in the NHL, he changed the league. And by the time he had hung up his skates, he had re-written the record book.
There can be no doubt what he means to the game. What we haven’t seen is what the game means to him.
For the first time, Wayne Gretzky will tell us about the NHL’s great moments from his point of view. We will meet the people who inspired him and motivated him. We’ll read the stories of the players who ignited his imagination, just as Gretzky himself inspired the dreams of so many young players and fans.
Seen through the eyes of the player whose name has come to stand for greatness in the game of hockey, 99: Stories of the Game brings to life the NHL’s glorious past, from its fierce early battles on natural ice, through its mythical golden era, when the Howes and Richards, Hulls and Orrs defined greatness, through the unforgettable dynasties in Montreal, New York, and of course, Edmonton, through to the present day.
Written with all the insight of someone who knows what it feels like when your lungs burn at the end of a long shift, and the pain of bruises at the end of a long playoff series, who knows what it feels like to fall short against a bitter rival, and also the incomparable feeling of lifting the Stanley Cup over your head, 99: Stories of the Game doesn’t just tell the history of the NHL’s 99 years. It relives them.
Paperback Edition by Wayne Gretzky and Kirstie McLellan Day