No One Wins Alone (Unabridged)
The legendary Hall of Fame hockey player and six-time Stanley Cup champion tells his complete story for the first time, sharing the lessons about leadership and teamwork that defined his career, in this “inspirational memoir that transcends sports” (David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Mark Messier is one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of professional sports. He was a fierce competitor with a well-earned reputation as a winner. But few people know his real story, not only of the astonishing journey he took to making NHL history, but of the deep understanding of leadership and respect for the power of teamwork he gained.
Messier tells of his early years with his tight-knit family, learning especially from his father, Doug—a hockey player, coach, and teacher. He describes what it was like entering the NHL as a teenager with a wild side, and growing close with teammates Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Lowe, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson, and others during their high-flying dynasty years with the Edmonton Oilers. He chronicles summers spent looking for inspiration and renewed energy on trips to exotic destinations around the world. And he recounts the highs, lows, and hard work that brought the New York Rangers to the ultimate moment for a hockey club: lifting the Stanley Cup.
Throughout, Messier shares insights about success, winning cultures, and how leaders can help teams overcome challenges. Told with heart and sincerity, No One Wins Alone “is about much more than just hockey. It has lessons anyone can use—be it in sports, business, or life” (Jack Nicklaus, PGA Major Championship winner and author of My Golden Lessons).
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If you want to know what a life well-lived in the world of hockey looks like, check out Mark Messier’s inspiring memoir. The normally reticent NHL icon opens up about his journey on and off the ice, starting with his childhood as the son of a hockey grinder turned teacher. Messier recounts his storied career stop-by-stop, hopping from memories of in-game action to important moments that happened when the skates were off. And his early days playing in Edmonton really pop—since that was the period that saw him forging a bond with the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. Even better, Messier describes how studying everything from Eastern philosophy to magic mushrooms helped him learn about the human condition and become a better leader. Messier bookends Will Reeve’s stellar narration with a touching prologue and an epilogue delivered in his wonderfully distinct Canadian accent. A legend as both a player and as a person, the six-time champion’s Stanley Cup runneth over with anecdotes and life lessons. Drink up.
Inspirational and interesting!
5 stars isn’t enough
Incredible story told from a man who truly encompass what it takes to be a leader. The ending made me cry