It was the Rumor of the New Millennium for the entire hockey world. The biggest story of the 2000-2001 National Hockey League season began as a whisper in Pittsburgh, and then raged across the sports pages and web sites of North America as the holidays neared. Mario Lemieux, the super-sized star of the National Hockey League driven too young from the game at which he excelled, was contemplating a comeback. In the wake of an interminable string of ailments and injuries, Super Mario had left the game in 1997 and limped into the Hockey Hall of Fame, barely into his thirties. By age thirty-four, he was president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, once again resurrecting a foundering franchise, this time in a suit. Ironically, accepting that responsibility only heightened his desire to address some unfinished business...on the ice. Healthier than he had been at any time in the last five years of his playing career, No.66 confirmed his return to the NHL ice wars, a belated Christmas present for Pittsburgh and the hockey world. Few could imagine the impact he would have on the league. From his early days as a hockey prodigy to the brilliant rise of his career (and its unexpected fall due to injury) and finally his return in a blaze of glory, Mario Lemieux: Over Time is the definitive book on one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
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Chrys Goyens' extensive career has included every aspect of journalism; wire service, newspapers, magazines, Internet writing, radio and television.
He has written more than a dozen books on hockey, including biographies on Darryl Sittler, Jean Beliveau and Larry Robinson. Other titles include Lions in Winter, the best-selling history of the Montreal Canadiens, The Montreal Forum, Forever Proud, a history of hockey's shrine, and, with Frank Orr, Blades on Ice, A Century of Professional Hockey, and Maurice Richard, Reluctant Hero.
Frank Orr spent thirty years as a sportswriter and columnist with the Toronto Star, with hockey and auto racing as major assignments. He has written some twenty books on those two sports, and this is his third collaboration with Chrys Goyens.
Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.
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