I got the book for Christmas and finally got to reading it this week. The authour, Kevin Shea did an excellent job on this story. He interviewed and reasearched every possible source of information and outlined the glory years of the Leafs with great enthusiasm and detail.
The Barilko story is one of the greatest in hockey. To be called up from the Hollywood Wolves, 3 steps down the developmental chain as a 19 year old is remarkable in itself, but to have a career that had such an impact on the fortunes of the Leafs, even years after he was gone. It is a story so unreal that you would think it was a hollywood script. Almost shocking that it is true.
I got the book for Christmas and finally got to reading it this week. The authour, Kevin Shea did an excellent job on this story.
If you enjoyed this, Kevin had a few more Leaf-related books. "Over the Boards" is the story of former Leaf and Summit series player Ron Ellis and it chornicles not only his solid career (which spanned a Cup win 1967 and the onslaught of the Ballard years and Punch return in 1980) but also his battles of the ice with clinical depression. Filled with details and very candid talk from Ellis himself.
Then there's his book "A Fan For All Seasons" about Tommy Gaston, a self-described super fan of the Maple Leafs who had seasons tickets going back to before they built the Gardens and kept them right up until his death, which happened shortly after the book's release. It's filled with great historical anecdotes from the personable Gaston but also serves as a unique history of the team through the eyes of a fan.
Finally Shea's first book "Center Ice" is about the Smythe family's involvement with the Maple Leafs and is co-authored by Thomas Stafford Smythe.
Those are all of Shea's books - he also writes a column at TMLfans.com every week during the season, also called a Fan for All Seasons that recaps the games but also mixes in life-lessons, historical stories, etc.