Kirstie McLellan Day
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About Kirstie McLellan Day
Kirstie McLellan Day is considered one of the world’s bestselling hockey authors today. Harper Collins Canada's Chief Editor Jim Gifford credits her with creating a “new genre of sports book”. Maclean's Magazine dubbed her Canada's “Ice Queen” and calls her “the country's most successful hockey writer.” The Globe and Mail calls her ‘Hockey’s Leading Muse.”
Kirstie spent the winter of 2016 working with hockey great Wayne Gretzky on his bestseller, 99: Stories of the Game. Sports Illustrated recently reviewed the book and said, "I have held (Ken Dryden’s) The Game as the best hockey book ever written…I can say that more about this one. (Gretzky) has every record there is, might as well notch his name down for best hockey book.”
Perhaps one of the best-known books she co-authored, Theo Fleury’s Playing With Fire, was on the national bestsellers list for more than 52 weeks. This powerful biography has brought attention to the important issue of child sexual abuse. A play Kirstie wrote based on Theo's story stars Shaun Smyth from ABC's 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'. It continues to tour Canada to sold out houses and standing ovations. It's next run is in Montreal at the Centaur Theatre October 2017.
Her other non-fiction hockey books include, Cornered with Hockey Night in Canada host, Ron MacLean, as well as a second book with Ron MacLean called Hockey Towns. It’s a cross country collection of some of the most powerful, personal accounts in Canada’s hockey world. She also worked with the late Bob Probert on Tough Guy, which became a Reader’s Digest Book of Choice. She’s currently working with two former LA Kings on their memoirs: Marty McSorley and her new book with Islanders/Kings goaltender, Kelly Hrudey called Calling the Shots comes out October 24, 2017.
Kirstie was born in Saskatchewan and studied drama at the University of Regina. She moved to Alberta in 1973 and has since worked as a private detective, investigative journalist, columnist, television host, producer and CEO @PyramidProTV
She and her husband, broadcaster Larry Day, have five children and three grandchildren.
More on her website: www.kirstiemclellanday
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From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed “The Great One,” he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has—but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.
For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid, the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.
Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.
Every Canadian town has a hockey story, and Ron MacLean has a hockey story for every town. A new book by the co-author of the national bestseller Cornered.
When you first meet Ron MacLean, he asks where you’re from, and he always comes back with a story. No one has crossed this country more than MacLean. In his 28 years on Hockey Night in Canada and now as host of Rogers’ Hometown Hockey, Ron has met fascinating people from coast to coast and has great stories to tell. Now, in this new book, MacLean is back, with brand new tales from across the country.
These are stories you’ve never heard before. From London to Castlegar, Yellowknife to Cole Harbour, Medicine Hat to Trois Rivieres, from Bantam to Junior B to the NHL, our country is full of great characters: Players, coaches, hockey moms and hockey dads; rivalries, practical jokes, careers that grew out of nothing and "can’t lose" prospects who flamed out too soon; spectacular triumphs, heart-breaking tragedies and tales of friendship, betrayal, love and loyalty—all compelling, entertaining and inspiring.
Once again working with Kirstie McLellan Day, co-author of the blockbuster bestsellers Playing With Fire, Tough Guy and Cornered, this is MacLean at his finest.
A Saturday night spent with Ron MacLean has been a tradition for twenty-five years. Known for his quick wit, arched eyebrows and encyclopedic hockey knowledge, MacLean is the skilled ringmaster of Canada’s most watched weekly program. He has interviewed the greatest players, coaches and personalities of an era and is a master at coaxing the best in substance and entertainment from his guests, as well as from his opinionated and often irascible co-host, Don Cherry, on Coach’s Corner. And he has never written a book—until now.
Cornered is packed with inside accounts—some inspiring, many hilarious—from his early days as a part-time radio announcer and weather forecaster in Red Deer, Alberta, to his time hosting Hockey Night in Canada and the Olympics. Perhaps no other journalist has witnessed first-hand more Canadian sports milestones in the past quarter century. From Gretzky to Catriona, Mario to Salé and Pelletier, MacLean has been there with an eye for detail and an appreciation for what makes a great story.