Taylor Trade Publishing
Trim: 6¼ x 9
978-1-63076-000-7 • Paperback • November 2014 • $16.95 • (£12.99)
978-1-63076-001-4 • eBook • November 2014 • $9.99 • (£7.99)
Award-winning journalist, author, and screenwriter Terry Frei is in his second stint at the Denver Post. He has been a sports columnist for the Portland Oregonian, a football writer for the Sporting News, and an ESPN.com hockey columnist. Among his seven previous books are March 1939, ThirdDown and a War to Go, ’77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age, and Olympic Affair. His website is www.terryfrei.com. Adrian Dater is the author of several sports books, including Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Denver Broncos. He lives in Thornton, Colorado.
Sportswriters Frei and Dater present a fast-paced, game-by-game account of the 2013-2014 NHL season of the Colorado Avalanche, which was also the first year of its coach Patrick Roy, 'the greatest goaltender in NHL history and instrumental in Avalanche Stanley Cup victories in 1996 and 2001.' As the team heads towards a surprising playoff appearance, the authors detail the 'remarkable thing' that was accomplished in the face of numerous skeptics: 'Roy took a team in disarray and put the pieces back in order.' This includes a frank assessment of Roy’s volatile temper and his successful effort to harness his old school energy to deal with players with vastly different temperaments, such as the 'quiet, reflective' Ryan O’Reilly, 'a yoga devotee often found stretching in corners of locker rooms or hallways.' Frei and Dater provide excellent sketches of almost every Avalanche player and each one’s relationship with Roy, which will delight Avalanche fans. But hockey fans in general will enjoy the moments when the break from the season’s narrative to tell stories from their individual 'notebooks,' such as Frei’s account of a late-season interview with Roy in which the once hyper-intense coach admits that he realizes he has no real control over how playoff pairings develop: 'I believe in destiny…. If it’s meant to happen, it will happen.'
— Publishers Weekly