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My 15th Book “80’s Hockey Biofiles” has many tennis references

Last week I completed my 15th book. It’s a compilation of 108 hockey Biofile interviews I did from 1992 to the present, with such hockey heroes as Gordie Howe, Stan Mikita, Paul Coffey, Barry Beck, Bobby Clarke, Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Chris Nilan, Phil Esposito, who all competed in the National Hockey League in the 1980s.

There are many tennis references in the book. Ivan Lendl told me he loved the 80’s playoff rivalry The Uncivil War, the infamous, spectacular and often bloody Battles of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Lendl also invested in the Hartford Whalers in the 1990s.

John McEnroe was a close friend of Ron Duguay and the two would practice hockey and skate together at the New York Rangers practice facility at Iceland in Rye, NY.

Bryan Trottier, the six-time Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, talks about his respect for certain individual sport champions from tennis and how he was inspired by “the higher level of concentration” tennis requires.

If you like hockey and my Biofile interview feature, please take a look at the book 80’s Hockey Biofiles at amazon

Barry Beck Biofile on page 5 of 80’s Hockey Biofiles

Edmonton vs Calgary brawl 1986

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