Wayne Gretzky’s Ghost

And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey

Publisher: Vintage Canada

For nearly 40 years, Roy MacGregor has brought our national sport alive on the pages of Canada's newspapers and magazines, and now the best of this writing is available in a volume that's a must-read for any hockey fan. He covers a list of hockey legends--players like Borje Salming, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Clarke--and legends in the making--Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, the Sedin twins. While many of their stories play out on the ice, some of the most compelling take place away from it--Ted Nolan's struggle for acceptance, Swift Current's remarkable rise, the many tribulations of Bob Gainey and Guy Lafleur.
    Who could offer a better perspective on the game than a writer who, playing as a youngster, had to face an onrushing phenom from Parry Sound named Bobby Orr? When it comes to hockey, Roy MacGregor has seen (and in some cases, done) it all; in Wayne Gretzky's Ghost, with newly added updates and reflections on each article, he shares these and many other highlights from his storied career.


“One more year!” the 18,500 gathered at Ottawa’s Corel Centre began to chant with 4:43 left in regulation time. “One more year! One more year! One more year!”
He heard them—he even raised his stick in salute—but he wasn’t listening. Wayne Gretzky...
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"Wayne Gretzky's Ghost will make the perfect gift.... This very personal collection offers an unique inside look from someone who has made a living--and a lifetime--out of loving Canada's game." CBC Books
"The Harper government should just go ahead and designate Roy MacGregor a national treasure and be done with it.... Next time you're watching the game and Don Cherry comes on, do yourself a favour. Hit the mute button and read a couple of MacGregor pieces instead. You'll be glad you did." Ottawa Citizen
"The best hockey writer of his generation." The Gazette
"Illuminates many corners of the game.... Brings the perspective of not only of a reporter, but of a fan, and player." Winnipeg Free Press