The Big M: The Frank Mahovlich Story Ted Mahovlich

ISBN: 9780002000109

Published: August 1st 2000


243 pages


The Big M: The Frank Mahovlich Story  by  Ted Mahovlich

The Big M: The Frank Mahovlich Story by Ted Mahovlich
August 1st 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 243 pages | ISBN: 9780002000109 | 10.71 Mb

Rocket, this is my son, Ted. Ted, Id like you to meet Bobby Hull. Guy, have you met my son, Ted? Despite his own legendary paternity, Ted Mahovlich couldnt believe he was in the Calgary Saddledome, trading locker room banter with hockey greats Maurice (Rocket) Richard, Bobby Hull and Guy Lafleur. As part of the research for The Big M, Ted and his dad, Frank, had embarked on the road trip of a lifetime with an NHL alumni team, the Greatest Hockey Legends, playing exhibition games for charity across North America.

Teds subsequent interviews with many of hockeys greatest stars (who also happened to be his fathers former teammates), combined with his intimate knowledge of his fathers life and stellar career, have resulted in a compelling biography of Frank Mahovlich, one of the greatest left wingers of all time. The Big M tells the story of the quiet and self-effacing hockey legend whose mighty strides and explosive shot contributed to six Stanley Cup teams, four with the Toronto Maple Leafs and two with the Montreal Canadians.

He also played in the 1972 Canada-Russia series with his brother, Peter. With affection and candor, Ted Mahovlich describes Franks formative years, a typical small-town northern Ontario kid, who played away the frozen nights ricocheting shots off his sister Anne, her makeshift Eatons catalogue goalie pads strapped to her legs.

Ted recounts Franks early career in the old farm team system, boarding at St. Michaels College in Toronto. He gives insight into how the league changed as the NHL moved from the original six teams to expansion, and reveals the million dollar Mahovlich trade that never was, from the Leafs to the Chicago Black Hawks. Delving into the huge differences between the Canadiens and the Leafs, Frank explains why Montreal has a glorious hockey tradition - and why Toronto doesnt.

The Big M also reveals the very private Frank Mahovlich, a quiet, intelligent player who suffered public humiliation at the hands of Leafs coach and general manager Punch Imlach.A sports biography packed with wonderful anecdotes, terrific photos from Franks own collection, and new insights into hockeys golden age, The Big M is a great read, a warm portrait of one of hockeys most admired players - and now one of our newest appointees to the Senate - perfect for both young and old hockey fans.

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