November 20, 2010

The Golden Jet by Bobby Hull with Bob Verdi

The book's title is The Golden Jet: A Spectacular Career in Stunning Photographs. You already know Bobby Hull had a spectacular career. Let me assure you the photographs in this books truly are stunning.

Consider this book is a coffee table autobiography. Countless photographs accompanied with Bobby's own captions brilliantly bring back to life the amazing career of one of hockey's true greats. The photos steal the show, but Bobby's commentary are the true jewels of this treasure chest.

The book is also accompanied with a tribute DVD featuring exclusive interviews, archival footage and behind the scenes clips.

This book is listed at $29.95 US/$34.95 CDN. (Apparently no one has told Triumph Books that the Canadian dollar is near par for a few years now.) For a book of this size loaded with so many rare and exclusive photos, that is a really reasonable price. And of course, many bookstores and online sources are selling it 30% less than the jacket price.

I wish other hockey greats would consider such a project as this. I hope Triumph Books is looking to create a NHL series of books along these lines, as I am a big fan of their approach.

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By The Way: Of course, more recent fans know Bobby Hull strictly as Brett Hull's dad. This is a great chance to learn more about one of hockey's true legends. Oh, and Brett makes more than a few appearances in the book - from a tot to a pee-wee to a NHL star in his own right.

Here's more from the publisher, Triumph Books:

The name Bobby Hull is synonymous with greatness when it comes to hockey in Chicago and throughout the NHL.  One of the most charismatic and electrifying athletes of his or any era, Hull thrilled fans with his unique combination of speed, skill, and grace.  Along the way, he became known as the finest left wing in hockey history and is still widely regarded to be the best ever.

Hull now has his electrifying career highlighted in the new book The Golden Jet: A Spectacular Career in Stunning Photographs, where he traces his life and career from his days as a youngster learning to skate on the Bay of Quinte to his current role as a Blackhawks ambassador.  Throughout the book, beautiful photos reflect on Hull's greatest moments, including:
  • Amassing a team-record 604 career goals
  • Collecting three Art Ross trophies as the league's leading scorer
  • Earning hockey's ultimate prize in 1961: Lord Stanley's Cup and a championship ring
  • Behind the scenes in one of the most prominent hockey families in the sport
  • Being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983
Featuring hundreds of rare, full-color photos from his personal archive and accompanying text from legendary Chicago sports columnist and Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi, The Golden Jet gives Hull's millions of fans a never-before-seen glimpse into the life of this hockey icon. Bringing the pictures to life is an exclusive commemorative DVD, which includes highlights, interviews, and behind-the-scenes clips from the Blackhawks' video library.

A must-have keepsake for Blackhawks fans of all ages, The Golden Jet is a rare opportunity to celebrate the life of the greatest hockey player in Chicago's history.

About the Authors:
Bobby Hull is generally regarded as the greatest left wing in the history of hockey. During his illustrious 15-year Chicago Blackhawks career, he scored 604 goals-the most in team history-and led the 1960-61 squad to the Stanley Cup. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

Bob Verdi is the Chicago Blackhawks' team historian and has covered sports for five decades, including more than 40 years as a columnist and contributor for the Chicago Tribune. He authored Chicago Blackhawks: Seventy-Five Years in 2001.

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