The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend

3.33 avg rating
( 48 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781118065730: The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend

An award-winning writer sets the record straight on hockey's forgotten golden boy—Bobby Hull

In his prime, few could dispute Bobby Hull's athletic brilliance—the first to have five 50-goal seasons, the highest scorer on the 1976 Canada Cup team, the first to use the slapshot as a scoring weapon, and the first hockey player to sign a million-dollar contract. With his body-builder torso, and his 100 mph volleys across a rink, the world of hockey glory was his to lose. And he did. With his publicized marital troubles and his defection from the NHL to the WHA, Hull's star began to fall, leaving him broke and in exile from the game. In The Devil and Bobby Hull, this once great hockey player and pioneer is finally given his due.

Not only are Hull's remarkable on-ice achievements finally put in perspective, so, too, are his achievements off the rink—including endorsements for a wide array of products (rare for an NHL player) and his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record four times. And the book details how Hull's battle with the owners of the Chicago Blackhawks—challenging the reserve clause in his contract, a move that enabled him to move to the WHA—helped other players follow him.

  • The author places Hull squarely in the pantheon of other hockey greats, including Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky—and makes the case that he is the game's most influential and important player
  • This is the full, unauthorized story of Hull's life—that doesn't sidestep the controversies (including the domestic violence tainting his private life)
  • Details Hull's recent reconciliation with the Chicago Blackhawks

A candid look at one of hockey's most gifted and controversial figures, The Devil and Bobby Hull tells the story of his extraordinary career and life—and why this remarkable man has not faded into oblivion.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

Award-winning writer Gare Joyce sets the record straight on hockey's forgotten legend

In his prime, few could dispute Bobby Hull's brilliance—the first NHLer to break the 50-goal barrier, the first star to use the slapshot as a scoring weapon, and the first hockey player to sign a million-dollar contract. With his Hollywood good looks, his body-builder torso, and a 100 mph blast that terrorized goaltenders, the world of hockey glory was his to lose. And he did. With his publicized marital troubles and his defection from the NHL to the WHA, Hull's star began to fall, leaving him broke and in exile from the game. Few today bother to list Hull among the legends of the game, but despite his flaws, he deserves a great deal of credit for his influence on the way the game is played today.

The Devil and Bobby Hull details the decline and fall of this legendary star and the damage, some of it self-inflicted, to his legacy.

Not only are Hull's remarkable on-ice achievements finally put in perspective, so are his achievements off the rink—including endorsements for a wide array of products (rare for an NHL player at the time) and his appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Joyce also describes how Hull's dramatic battle with the owners of the Chicago Black Hawks and his challenging of the reserve clause in his contract enabled him to move to the WHA and pave the way for other players.

A candid look at one of hockey's most gifted and controversial figures, The Devil and Bobby Hull tells the story of his extraordinary career and life—and why this remarkable man has not received his due.

From the Inside Flap:

In 1972 Bobby Hull was the Golden Jet, the most prolific scorer in the history of the National Hockey League. And then he walked away. Not from the game but from the NHL. Though he landed the biggest contract in professional sports, including a $1-million bonus up front, his decision to jump to the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association wasn't based only on finances. It was payback, a piece of the ugliest grudge in the game: the hard feelings between Hull and the Wirtz family, owners of the Chicago Black Hawks.

Though Hull still had some great moments in the '70s, many went unseen by hockey fans and his legacy started to unravel. So did his reputation when his deeply troubled marriage ended and his unseemly personal life was aired in divorce court.

The Devil and Bobby Hull is an unauthorized warts-and-all treatment of Hull's very public mid-life crisis in the 1970s, a time when sports were undergoing a sea change, when money mattered as much as or more than games, when an athlete's life away from the arena became fair game for the media.

Award-winning writer Gare Joyce weaves a fascinating and well-rounded narrative out of the prime and decline of Robert Marvin Hull, supported by interviews with Hull himself and many others who played with him and knew him throughout his career. This is a must-read book for hockey fans. It presents a compelling case that Hull is the most influential player the game has ever seen and its most unfairly overlooked superstar.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Joyce, Gare
Published by Wiley (2011)
ISBN 10: 1118065735 ISBN 13: 9781118065730
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111118065735

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Joyce, Gare
Published by Wiley (2011)
ISBN 10: 1118065735 ISBN 13: 9781118065730
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1118065735

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Joyce, Gare
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 1118065735 ISBN 13: 9781118065730
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1118065735 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0563138

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Gare Joyce
Published by Wiley (2011)
ISBN 10: 1118065735 ISBN 13: 9781118065730
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1118065735

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 169.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds