“It is a fact: no matter how tough and mean your favorite NHLer may look, he misses his parents.” ~Dennis Maruk
Dennis Maruk: The Unforgettable Story Of Hockey’s 60-Goal Man by Dennis Maruk: 5/5 Stars
From feared NHL sniper to ship captain and bellhop — with hockey’s greatest ’stache
Only 20 men in NHL history have scored 60 or more goals in a single season: Gretzky, Lemieux, and Hull all hit the magical mark. And so did an undersized, take-no-prisoners centre named Dennis Maruk. When Maruk found the back of the net 60 times in 1981–82, he was the toast of Washington — he even dined with the president. A few short years later, he was out of the game. Maruk not only left the rink, his life did a complete 180. Instead of flying up the ice and in on goal, he was behind the wheel of a service ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of setting up teammates, he was setting up furniture for Goldie Hawn. He was never sent down to the farm as a rookie, but after the game he was a farmhand for John Oates. And instead of fighting in the corners, Dennis Maruk found himself fighting for his life.
I was lucky enough to receive a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received this book through NetGalley as well. I am so thankful to have been able to read this book.
This review will be spoiler-free…in my opinion it’s kind of hard to have spoilers when it comes to nonfiction, but yeah it’s “spoiler free”.
I love anything about hockey. I am a big hockey fan so when I saw this book on NetGalley I just had to request it! I am new to NetGalley and I don’t have any reviews/feedback so I honestly wasn’t expecting to get approved. However, I managed to get approved and I couldn’t be happier because this book was amazing.
I had never heard of Dennis Maruk before and not a lot of people have. He managed to achieve some pretty amazing goals. I couldn’t believe that he was right up there with players like Gretzky and Lafleur, but he was forgotten and he went by unnoticed by most. After reading this book I gained so much respect for someone I knew very little about going into it. He worked very, very hard to get to where he was and with his size that’s quite the accomplishment. Being a small guy in professional hockey isn’t very common but he managed to do it and for that he’s an inspiration to the smaller players.
Dennis Maruk wasn’t always lucky though. He had to work and keep working as he kept being on pro teams that weren’t very stable and didn’t have a great fan base. I was honestly surprised when I heard about some of these teams because I’m a hockey fan but I had never heard of these pro teams that were around in the 70’s. It was interesting to learn about them and see the organization and how it changed over the years.
This book showed the highs and the lows of Maruk’s life. I couldn’t believe that as an ex-NHL player he would one day decide his life wasn’t worth it. When I read that I just realized how life is hard for everyone, even people who may have played pro sports. It’s an amazing thing for him to share, because so many people deal with depression and suicidal thoughts and keeping it open and out there shows that you aren’t alone and you don’t have to be. So, clearly if you are triggered by this sort of thing maybe you won’t want to read this book. However, I do say give it a try because it isn’t what the whole book is about.
Dennis shares so many funny stories along with the hard times of being a professional hokey player. This book showed me how caring, laid back, nice, funny, hardworking, and amazing person Dennis is. He deserves more credit for what he did as a player in the NHL. I understand that with a player like Gretzky around it would be hard to make any type of headlines, but after reading his story he deserves more. Maybe it’s because I always feel for the underdogs and I always support them, but I think Dennis is amazing and I would love to meet such a guy.
This book was written very well and the chapters weren’t too long. If you’re like me and you like shorter chapter than this book is great for that! If you are a hockey fan or just someone who like learning in general than I suggest you pick up this book! It releases October 17th of this year. There were 60 amazing chapters in this book. I love that he did 60 chapters since it’s a book about his career and scoring 60 goals in the NHL.
I recommend this book to everyone! Dennis is a great guy and he has an amazing story about his life before, during, and after the NHL. This book just made me so happy and I was bale to connect with it so much.
I hope y’all enjoyed reading this review and I hope y’all give this book a shot when it comes out! 🙂