Monday, January 26, 2015

Save by Roy: Patrick Roy and the Return of the Colorado Avalanche

As an avid hockey fan, this book was a great in-depth recap of the Colorado Avalanche’s 2013-2014 season. This book is completely different from my typical read, but as a hockey fan it was engrossing. I just want to preface this review by saying, I am not at all an Avs fan, they are a divisional rival to my beloved Hawks. However, I really enjoyed learning more about the franchise and how they came to be the team I know today and the team I remember last season.

As a fan, I remember being mystified by how the Avs went from literally the bottom of the standings to the top in a single season. This book was an insider’s perspective of that drastic change and rise in the standings.

The book consisted of three parts, the introduction which showcased how bad the Avs were, the Regular Season, and the Playoffs. These parts were filled with stories and chapters pertaining to players and each game. I really liked how each game was broken up into a section with a brief summary of the game and explanation of anything else that was going on.

The best part of this book for me however was the sections about the various players on the team. As a fan of the sport, I really liked the tidbits about their lives and their connections to the Avs growing up. The writing style of this book was also perfect, it was informative, but also had a witty side that kept me entertained. I really enjoyed the sections from Terry and Adrian's Notebook. These were great insights into the events.

Overall, this was a really informative, in-depth book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I believe this book would only interest hockey fans, or more broadly sports fans. This book is a very focused look at a single season of hockey under the coaching of Patrick Roy and I’m not sure that would interest readers who are not a fan of the sport.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review*

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