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The McDavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey

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Step into the streets, arenas, coffee shops, and offices of Edmonton, and witness how the arrival of a teenage hockey phenomenon is changing the city’s fortunes.

Once known as the City of Champions, Edmonton is at a crossroads. As oil prices continue to plummet, the economic outlook grows bleaker by the day. Political changes have ushered in an era of uncertainty. And, as t
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Simon Schuster
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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The McDavid Effect is that I gave this book (two-star at best) three full stars.

Okay, first things first: this is a book only tangentially about Connor McDavid. It is, to a certain extent, about what Connor McDavid means to the Oilers and what the Oilers mean to Edmonton, but from the perspective of someone who isn't in the thick of it. (Or doesn't write with the passion of someone with an emotional investment, at any rate.)

Klinkenberg makes several elementary errors. For example, ATB is the Al
Scott Vout
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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I am a sports fan, not an Oiler's fan. I appreciate McDavid as a very good player but he is not the be all end all for me. Is there anyone better right now - Syd and Ovi maybe but he is definitely top Three and in a few short years will be the best. I am not arguing that.

this book on the other hand is not. this book is in fact about McDavid's first season and there is precious little of that in there. This book is more a history of hockey in Alberta and the old Oilers.

What it really seems like
John Conrad
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I was skeptical when I picked up this book about Connor McDavid. I mean there is no doubt that this young man is a special player. I am a life long fan of the game and cannot recall seeing an ice hockey player quite like him who actually gets faster when he has the puck on his stick. I sure as heck don't! He is exciting to watch and I look forward to following the Oilers over the next few years. But a book about a 19 year old? I was pleasantly surprised to find that Marty Klinkenberg has given u ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book chronicling Connor McDavid's first NHL season in Edmonton, as well as the rich and vibrant hockey history of the Alberta city. If #97 goes on to reach the great heights we all expect he will (Stanley Cup titles, Conn Smythe trophies, MVP awards and Olympic gold) Klinkenberg's work here will take on even more significance. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A bit of a puff piece at times but overall a good hockey read.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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This book should have really been called Edmonton's Hockey History, it talked very little about McDavid himself and all about prior hockey players that made Oilers great. It talked a lot about the upgrades to the Hockey Arena and also how they chose to relocate it. I feel like if you're going to base a book on an up and coming star you should probably make most of the book about that. Bearing that in mind, this book was in fact well written, I learned a lot about the hockey team from a city I ho ...more
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This book is written by a newsprint journalist and reads like a newspaper article over 218+ pages. Very redundant and has an odd style combining stories of Edmonton restaurants (???), Edmonton Oiler stories from the past, and the story of Connor McDavid's first season. ...more
Jason Reist
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book if you are an Oilers fan like myself. All the old stories that are told and all the history that is talked about is really cool. The excitement that is now around the team can only increase as Mcdavid matures. Can't wait to watch the Oilers play for years now. ...more
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Really opened my eyes. Very brave of connor to be open about his homosexual lifestyle. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to be the second gay player in the NHL since brian gibbons. ...more
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