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Heaven and Hell in the NHL

by (author) Punch Imlach

with Scott Young

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 1986
Sports, Hockey
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1986
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"I recognize that I am a stubborn, tough bastard to deal with," writes hockey legend Punch Imlach. This no-holds-barred story of his second time round with the Leafs lets you decide for yourself.
Imlach is one of the game's great coaches. He made the Toronto Maple Leafs the best team in the NHL in the Sixties, winning four straight Stanley Cups. Here he picks up his story from the day he was fired by the Leafs in 1969, recounting his happy years as coach of the Buffalo Sabres, building the team up and having fun as he does it. Then came the offer he couldn't refuse--a second chance with the Leafs. Imlach tells his story of how he tried to bring the Leafs back to glory, describing his many battles with players like Darryl Sittler, owner Harold Ballard, and lawyers like Alan Eagleson.
Heaven and Hell in the NHL tells the story straight, making this one of the best hockey books of all time.

About the authors

PUNCH IMLACH was born in Toronto in 1918. A lifelong hockey man, his aggressive coaching style drove the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cup Championships in ten years during the late 1950s and 1960s. He died in 1987.

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Scott Young is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Ultralearning, podcast host, computer programmer and an avid reader. Since 2006, he has published weekly essays to help people learn and think better. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Pocket, and Business Insider, on the BBC, at TEDx, and other outlets. He doesn’t promise to have all the answers, just a place to start.

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