Golenbock, Peter Esposito Phil; THUNDER AND LIGHTNING : A NO-B. S. HOCKEY MEMOIR
McClelland & Stewart 2004 077103086X / 9780771030864 Mass Market Pa Very Good
Thunder and Lightning: A No-B. S. Hockey Memoir by Phil Esposito, Peter Gol enbock Jesus saves - but Espo puts in the rebound in this raucous, ribald memoir At a party marking the end of his third season with the Blackhawks, Phil Es posito told coach Billy Reay and GM Tommy Ivan that they had a great team, maybe even a dynasty, but that the two of them would screw it up. It was a classic Espo moment (and may have had something to do with his bei ng traded to the Bruins): the big centre from the Soo who became one of hoc key's all-time leading scorers, has never been reluctant to speak his mind. In this rollicking hockey memoir, he reveals what it was like to play with other Hall of Famers like Howe and Hull and Orr. He recalls his acrimoniou s encounters with Allan Eagleson, the incredible intensity of the 1972 Cana da-Russia series, the fabulous ride with the great Bruins teams of the earl y 1970s, and the tough years that followed with the New York Rangers. From being a player, Esposito went on to be a commentator, a coach, a general manager, and then founder and part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He saw it all: the booze, the drugs, the women, the wheeling and dealing, the good times and the camaraderie, the bad times and the back-stabbing. In telling what it was really like, Esposito takes readers into the boardrooms, back rooms - and even the bedrooms - of the men who make their lives in the NHL.