I PLAY TO WIN by Stan Mikita


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Like Avis, Stan Mikita has been tagged the #2 (after Bobby Hull) player in the National Hockey League. This is his try harder... play-to-win biography that starts in Czechoslovakia and quickly shifts to Canada after he was brought over by his Aunt and Uncle in hopes of more advantages. And part of his scrappy vitality came from days fighting off the DP image. Later, as a young rookie, he became known as Le Petit Diable of the rink and he discusses his agressiveness and later conversion to more gentle, ""legal"" forms of persuasion and retaliation. It's a good natured assessment -- of his relationship with players as well as his family, and games and goals and good times. He is also candid about his competition with Hull, problems with the management and future plans. There are also tips on technique and equipment. But it's all rather dull in comparison to Ken Harrelson's Hawk-ish memoir (p.823). Will Black Hawks fans mind another #2?

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1969
Publisher: Morrow