GARRY UNGER AND THE BATTLING BLUES by Stan Fischler

GARRY UNGER AND THE BATTLING BLUES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Forget that Garry Unger once made Fischler's list of Ten Most Overrated Players. In this routine team bio of the St. Louis Blues, Unger is our hero--Mr. Durability who set a new NHL team record for consecutive games played when he hit 631. In case you've forgotten, the Blues were an expansion club born in 1967; in their first three years they reached the finals in the Stanley Cup playoffs three times. Since then they've foundered, and Fischler hints that nine coaches in as many seasons may have had something to do with it. Along with their mortal enemies, the Philadelphia Flyers, they've excelled in bonecrunching intimidation sparked by ""Son of Godzilla"" Steve Durbano and the brothers Plager. Fischler, who's written reams against hockey brutality, here seems to enjoy it as much as the fans. In this book it's about the only thing that relieves the blahs.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Dodd, Mead