Marcel Pronovost: A Life in Hockey

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Marcel was the most underrated defenceman ever to play in the league. When he hit you, you were hit. He was a tremendous skater and defensively, he was as good as anyone. He might have been overlooked by the press, but he was never overlooked by his teammates. Years later, I brought him back to Detroit as a coach. He is very knowledgeable and a very astute observer of the game.”
Hall of Fame left-winger Ted Lindsay (Pronovost’s teammate from 1949-57 and 1964-65)


In the spring of 1950, Marcel Pronovost was called up from the minor leagues to play for the Detroit Red Wings during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 18-year-old defenceman had never seen NHL ice time before, but his performance in the playoffs was so impressive that he took regular turns in the final series against the New York Rangers. That year, Marcel Provonost became the ninth player in history to win a Stanley Cup before playing a single regular-season NHL game.


So began Pronovost’s 65-year career in pro hockey.  As a Red Wing he became a star defenceman in Detroit’s golden age, winning three more Stanley Cups between 1952 and 1955, and skating side-by-side with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, and Terry Sawchuk (who became a lifelong friend). He played a pivotal role in the Toronto Maple Leafs' last Stanley Cup win in 1967. He earned recognition on the NHL's First and Second All-Star Teams. And he has continued to serve the game for decades, becoming one of the few NHLers to have success as a player, a coach, and as a scout.


Now, with Marcel Pronovost: A Life in Hockey, this legendary defenceman and Hockey Hall of Famer tells these and other stories for the first time. With over 125 photos and with on-the-ice recollections from the most exciting Original Six Era games ever played, A Life in Hockey is a hard-hitting memoir, and an insider’s take on playing, coaching, and scouting that spans seven decades, and surveys one of the longest hockey careers of all time. A must-have autobiography for Red Wings fans, Leafs fans, and hockey buffs everywhere.


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Between his time with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1950s, the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s, and his days as a scout with the New Jersey Devils, Marcel Pronovost has earned eight Stanley Cup rings and enjoyed one of the longest NHL careers of all time. Encounters with game greats and a 32-page photo spread punctuate this compelling life story.

About the Author:

Hockey Hall-of-Famer and 8-time Stanley Cup Champion Marcel Pronovost has spent more than a half-century in the National Hockey League, and in his career has worked or played with with a who's-who of game greats: Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Jack Adams, Punch Imlach, Terry Sawchuk, Johnny Bower, and more. He has served the game as a player, coach, and talent scout. He presently works for the New Jersey Devils and resides in Windsor, Ontario.

Currently the sports columnist for the Windsor Star, Bob Duff has covered the NHL since 1988 and is a contributor to The Hockey News, MSNBC.com, and Faceoff.com. Duff's other book credits include: The China Wall: The Timeless Legend of Johnny Bower, Hockey Dynasties: Bluelines and Bloodlines, Nine: Salute to Mr. Hockey, On the Wing: A History of the Windsor Spitfires, and The Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies. Duff lives in LaSalle, Ontario, with his wife Shira and daughter Cecilia.

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