The Toughest I Ever Faced: Hockey Hall of Fame Players Remember Rivals, Teammates and Heroes

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9781770855984: The Toughest I Ever Faced: Hockey Hall of Fame Players Remember Rivals, Teammates and Heroes

The greatest players in the world--those inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame--have shared with author Steve Milton their opinions on the players that impressed them most during their NHL careers.

Who did Gordie Howe name as the best player he ever played against? Who did Bob Gainey think was the most underrated player in the NHL? Who always got the best of Johnny Bower?

The names and stories of each of these players--and of each of the participating Hockey Hall of Famers--can be found in the gloriously rich and detailed The Toughest I Ever Faced.

Steve Milton's interviews reveal surprising, never before heard answers from Hall of Famers about all manner of things. Supported with lavishly illustrated pages and more than 150 photos, there has never been a book as thorough or revealing as The Toughest I Ever Faced.

Like a Venn diagram or a six-degrees of separation flowchart, The Toughest I Ever Faced presents more than 120 NHL players--and 40 Hall of Famers--and illustrates who said what about whom, and why.

Some of the great connections made in this book include:

  • Hall of Famer Peter Stastny named Helmut Balderis as the best skater he ever saw
  • Hall of Famer Ray Bourque named the Montreal Forum as his favorite place to play
  • Marcel Dionne named fellow Hall of Famer Jari Kurri as the most underrated NHLer
  • Luc Robitaille named Mario Lemieux as the greatest player he ever played with.

The Toughest I Ever Faced is a truly unique book with new (sometimes shocking) insights and information--a must read for any serious hockey fan.

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About the Author:

Steve Milton is a long-time sports writer who has covered everything from the NHL beat to the Olympics. His books include Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Jerseys.

Steve Cameron is an editor, hockey player and fan with numerous sports titles to his credit, including Hockey Hall of Fame Treasures and Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies. He is also a published author with one book, The Canadian Book of Beer. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Selection, Holiday Gift Guide 2015. Another novel concept: Ask 33 of hockey's greatest players through seven decades who their toughest opponent was; or most underrated rival; or, in the case of a Hall of Fame goaltender like the Boston Bruins' Gerry Cheevers, the defenceman he most loved to play behind... This is a thoroughly entertaining magazine-sized, 235-page read, complete with glossy photos. Plus, author Steve Milton profiles each of the 33 players handing out the grades. (Bev Wake and Lionel Wild Vancouver Sun 2015-12-04)

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