Inside the Life of Theoren FleuryBook - 1997
On one level, this is the personal story of Theoren Fleury, the diminutive captain of the NHL's Calgary Flames. On another level, this book examines how a pro athlete comes to be famous, and what it means. It is a story about commercialism fed by adulation, about power and riches and the presumed and real virtues of the star players who acquire them. On yet another level it is about what Ken Dryden called simply "The Game." Theoren Fleury received global recognition during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey by single-handedly winning two games for Canada and then by playing in his first All-Star Game in the following winter. Physically, Fleury is the smallest player in the NHL, yet, so intense is he, so quick, so skilled at faking and scoring, and so undaunted by the over 400 pounds of onrushing defencemen that routinely bar his way, that his coach and teammates have chosen him to be team captain. He is now a millionaire. He is also an intriguing combination of country boy, quick-witted city kid, ruthless pro athlete, father and family man, and reluctant, soft-spoken but sharp-tongued media hero. InFury, Andrew Malcolm follows Fleury through an entire hockey season. Yet this is more than a fan's inside look at a major hockey star: it is also an intriguing, revealing, funny, and exciting look at Canada's game by a gifted reporter and award-winning writer.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1997.
Branch Call Number: 921 F618m
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill.