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The Last Season

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Felix Batterinski grew up tough in Northern Ontario where hockey was the only way out of a life of grinding poverty. He got out and enjoyed fame as a hockey "enforcer" for the Philadelphia Flyers. But fame is fleeting.

Now in his thirties and at the end of his playing career, Felix tries to make a go of it as a player-coach for a Finnish club. As the lone Canadian on the te...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 24th 2012 by Dundurn Group (first published 1983)
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Lesley
Thought it fitting to read a hockey book at the start of hockey season, I wasn't quite expecting this deep and dark storyline though, be ready for the ending, I wasn't expecting it to go quite like that. Based on a fictional character but I can see how it might reflect the lives of the tough guys.
Kevin Gallan
the best hockey book i have ever read...a must read for anyone interested in what is was like to be a player in the 70's,before the big money came along...touched on things that later came out about eagleson and the players pension...this book will make you laugh as well as angry...no one in this book comes out looking good ,they all need a good kick in the ass...read it you won't be sorry
Michael
Wonderful. Disturbing. Beautifully written. It's a dark dramatic masterpiece wrapped tightly around a typical Canadian coming of age story. The ending was so abrupt, so unexpected, but at the same time made so much sense than I felt dumb for not expecting it. I have no idea how I came to possess this novel but I'm glad I did. Incredible.
Robert
A look at the life of a fictional itinerant hockey bruiser in the 60's 70's and 80's; The Last Season is a sports novel blended with a tale of Generational strife right out of Tolstoy. Unlike anything I've ever read before.
Marta Warner
The quintessential Canadian hockey novel. Written 30 years ago, but still as relevant and compelling today as ever. Easy to sink into. You won't want it to end.
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