"Messier": by Jeff Z. Klein

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One of the first hockey books that I ever read, Messier is a story about one of the greatest players in NHL history, Mark Messier.

Klein takes the reader through Messier's life from the time he was a young boy growing up in Edmonton, Alberta until the 2002-03 NHL season, when the book was published.

Known as the greatest leader in the history of the game, anyone any Messier fan will simply adore reading Klein's writing.

From the front flap: Klein takes readers behind the headlines and statistics for a revealing look at a hockey legend. We see the young Messier as a stickboy for his father's American Hockey League team, and as an underaged pro in the now-defunct World Hockey Association. We see his iron will and determination galvanize his team in the Oilers' epic battles with the New York Islanders. And we watch as a kid from the Canadian prairies becomes the toast of New York City.

The book is unbelievably written in a way that states one of Messier's favorite quotes: "Learn to enjoy life; don't be so serious."

I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone who has even the slightest interest in hockey. It can be bought from Amazon.com for $18.96 here.

Bass rating: 8.8/10

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