In 2005 during the National Hockey Leagueâ€™s year-long lockout of North American teams, Calgary Flamesâ€™ co-founder Harley Hotchkiss - chair of the league - met alone with Trevor Linden, president of the NHL Playersâ€™ Association. The wisdom and honesty of the team owner, many decades older, helped influence the popular young centre to convince fellow players to settle the dispute.
Harley has had that remarkable effect on people throughout his astonishing career in sports, business, and the community - a hat trick fulfilling his three goals in life. His absorbing memoir is an insiderâ€™s guide to the development of North American hockey; the growth of the Canadian oil and gas industry witnessed by one of its most influential and individualistic entrepreneurs; and the behind-the-scenes story of enlightened philanthropy. Along the way, the Ontario tobacco-farmerâ€™s son tells of doing deals with the legendary Boone Pickens, going on safari with Swedish royalty, and becoming a partner with the mysterious Baron Carlo von Maffei.
...rich in detail, the kind of stuff you can only hear from an insider. Just reading the familiar names-Lanny McDonald, Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts-is enough to get the ol' hockey blood pumping, and the stories are enough to get you cheering, like you were back at the rink.