From the Publisher
An exceptional biography of hockey's greatest goalie
The story of Terry Sawchuk far transcends the game of hockey. His accomplishments during the Original Six era are legendary -- several of his goaltending records still stand after more than 30 years. But beyond the NHL arenas and dressing rooms, he was a brooding, violent man who chose to hide from the world.
Sawchuk competed against the elite players of his day with incomparable passion, and was glorious in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. At home, meanwhile, his wife and children knew him as an alcoholic and a womanizer. Sometimes Sawchuk's brilliance shone through to his home life, but mostly his family lived in the volatile goaltender's dangerous shadow.
Now, for the first time, David Dupuis has unravelled the mystery surrounding the life and death of the world-famous goaltender. Dupuis gives us the play by play of Sawchuk's extraordinary on-ice performances, alongside teammates such as Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay, and Marcel Pronovost, and of his famous run-ins with managers Jack Adams and Milt Schmidt. And, he focuses on his tortured personal life, illuminating the darker side of a brilliant athlete.
"I thought I knew Terry better than anyone, but David Dupuis captures a man much more complex than I had ever realized." --Marcel Pronovost, Hall of Fame Defenseman and Terry Sawchuk's best friend
"The hockey world waited nearly 30 years to understand the enigmatic man who was also the incomparable goaltender Terry Sawchuk. In letting those who were there tell their stories for the first time, Dupuis has done all hockey fans a service. We finally begin to understand how it could happen, both on and off the ice." --Roy MacGregor, Author of Road Games
From the Author
This biography of goalie Terry Sawchuk transcends hockey.
This is the story of the greatest hockey goaltender of all time, as 'The Hockey News' recently touted him. He set goaltending records that are still untouched to this very day. But this book, his story, is much more than just a hockey book, much more than just a sports book. It is the unbelievable story of a gifted athlete who was glorious in pursuit of goaltending records and the Stanley Cup, but who suffered from personal demons that led ultimately to his death at the end of an unparallaled career. He was a man beset by psychological and physical problems that would have ended any career. It is the story of a wife and family, teammates and friends who were with him throughout his life, who remain loyal to his memory despite his incessant alcoholism, womanizing and violent tendencies. It is a story that not only athletes, hockey and sports enthusiasts will embrace but a compelling one which women, psychologists, alcoholics, and biography lovers will be able to relate to as well. "Sawchuk", the story of the most gifted phenomenon, who overcame the scars of life to reach the greatest pinnacle of his sport, reads like a tragic Shakesparean play. Terry Sawchuk was my idol and his true story hasn't changed my opinion of him. It was an unbelievable experience to befriend his family, friends and teammates who spoke candidly about the "Uke" and their life with him, for the first time in the nearly thirty years since his tragic death. It is a story any reader will not soon forget, because it was the story of Terry Sawchuk- Unbeliveable!