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HarperCollins Announces a Book by Doug Gilmour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Toronto; March 23, 2017)

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. has acquired rights to Killer: My Life in Hockey by Doug Gilmour, co-written with Dan Robson.

No one ever expected the 134th overall draft pick to become a superstar, but that's exactly what Doug Gilmour did. During his early years in the NHL, he honed his killer instincts in the faceoff circle and in front of the net, developing the skills that would characterize his illustrious 20-year career.

The Kingston, Ontario, native played for seven NHL teams and earned his place in the history books time and again. He scored the Stanley Cup—winning goal for the Calgary Flames in 1989, and a few short years later walked away from the franchise after a salary dispute only to be traded within hours to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the biggest trade in the league's history. He broke the Leafs' franchise record with 127 points in a single season, and he famously led the Leafs to the brink of appearing in their first Stanley Cup final in decades, a dream cut short by one of the most controversial officiating non-calls in hockey history. In 2009, Gilmour was honoured by the Leafs when his jersey was raised to the rafters. Two years later, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In Killer: My Life in Hockey, Gilmour bares all about his on-and-off-the-ice escapes. "I'm excited to be sharing my story," said Doug Gilmour. "I had the good fortune to be a part of some great organizations and some incredible teams, especially Calgary in 1989 and Toronto in 1993. This is my story, told the way it really happened."

Gilmour has always been frank with the media, and his memoir is both revealing and often hilarious. He played with the greatest players of his generation, and his love for the game and for life are legendary.

"Doug Gilmour represented the best hockey had to offer during his career: grit, leadership, and the guts to go into the corners with the toughest players of his era," said Jim Gifford, Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. "Doug is writing this book in the same way he approached the game, and will be holding nothing back. We are proud to be his publisher."

Fans will be able to meet Doug Gilmour when he tours to more than 20 cities following the publication of Killer: My Life in Hockey in October of 2017. The deal was brokered by Rick Broadhead at Rick Broadhead & Associates.

DOUG GILMOUR was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. Over his 20 seasons in the NHL, he played for the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens before returning to the Leafs to retire in the blue and white in 2003. He won the Memorial Cup with the Cornwall Royals and the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames. A two-time NHL all-star, Gilmour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and still holds a number of junior hockey and Toronto Maple Leaf records. Gilmour became the coach of his hometown's junior hockey franchise, the Kingston Frontenacs, in 2008 and is now the team's general manager. He resides in Kingston. 

DAN ROBSON is a senior writer at Sportsnet. His writing has also appeared in the Canadian Press, on the CBC, and in the Toronto Star. He is the author of the bestseller Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend and co-author of the bestsellers The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond with Clint Malarchuk and Change Up: How to Make the Great Game of Baseball Even Better with Buck Martinez. 

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Colleen Simpson


HarperCollins Announces a Book by Doug Gilmour