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Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL--coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA.
As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial.
In Ice Capades, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete's life, from what they do with their money and nights off to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and Ice Capades takes the reader inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited--Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restauranteur, gay rights advocate, and many more.
Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Ice Capades transcends the "sports book" genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.
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September 23, 2017
Sean Avery was a very polarizing figure when he was playing in the NHL. Fans would love him (especially if he was playing for their favorite team) or hate him. He had a few controversial moments. He loved living the high life, whether it was parties, women or fashion. He covers his hockey career...
October 23, 2017
I was an active member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association covering the New York Rangers during Sean Avery's two highly entertaining and eventful tours of duty with the Blueshirts. I got to know Sean and talk to him during that time, strictly within the bounds of reporter interviewing...
September 15, 2017
I received an advanced copy of this book from Goodreads. I was beyond excited when I learned I would be receiving this since I've been dying to get my hands on it since announced. I'm excited to say that it absolutely lived up to my high expectations.
As a diehard New York Rangers fan that loves S...
September 14, 2017
I received an ARC of Ice Capades and was captivated from the very first page. I found myself not wanting to put this book down as I read about Avery's life in the NHL and life outside of the rink. I have always been a hockey fan, but over the last two years have become a huge hockey fan, followin...
November 20, 2017
First off, let me start by saying as a diehard NJ Devils fan there was a point where I hated Sean Avery! But he is the type of player who you hate when he plays your team, but respect him at the same time.
The rabid hockey fan that I am wanted to hear what he had to say, and glad that I did. I rea...
August 20, 2017
I will admit as a New York Islanders fan I didn't like Sean Avery the self admitted "character" but I appreciate what he brought to the ice. Love this book for a peek inside the locker room and I am recommending it to all my Rangers fan friends :)
December 23, 2017
As an avid hockey fan, I am well aware of who Sean Avery is. Being awarded the title of 'the most hated player in NHL history' can definitely get you noticed. Following the entirety of Avery's career, Offside is filled with the stories you'd expect, and also the ones you wouldn't. From interning...
October 23, 2017
The most honest & engaging sports bio I've read since Theo Fleury's Playing With Fire. A must read this fall, and one that can be enjoyed by hockey fans and those who just love a good underdog story.
January 01, 2018
I'm the rarest of hockey fans: a Philly fan who actually liked Sean Avery.
He was a ridiculous player, in every sense of the word: over-the-top in every way, from his talent to his antics to his hobbies (he interned at Vogue one off-season, for crying out loud). But he was fun to watch, fun to lov...
November 02, 2017
I am biased because I love hockey, the NYR and him in that order. I loved reading about the behind the scenes of games I actually attended. I loved reading about what was going through his head during plays he was making. I believe every word he said about Torts, the man was vile. Just sitting at...