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Gratoony the Loony: The Wild, Unpredictable Life of Gilles Gratton

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One of hockey’s most colourful characters, from hockey’s most colourful era, tells all

Gilles Gratton was not a typical pro hockey player. He refused to don his equipment and man his net if the planets were not properly aligned. He skated naked at practice. He created one of hockey’s most famous goalie masks based on his astrological sign. He fought with coaches and managem
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Published October 3rd 2017 by ECW Press
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Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hockey goaltenders are often considered to be a little different than other players because of their superstitions, rituals or other idiosyncrasies they may perform. One of the more colorful characters to have played this position is Gilles Gratton, who played primarily in the 1970’s for the World Hockey Association’s (WHA) Toronto Toros and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New York Rangers. His colorful career and life is captured in this memoir co-written with Greg Oliver.

More than any accom
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh wow. This was one of the strangest memoirs I've ever read, and at times Gilles certainly lives up to that nickname. I vaguely recall Gilles Gratton as an NHL goalie. Maybe it was his mask that I remember? Anyway, I thought I'd give this a read since (reading the book blurb) it promised to be an eye-opener.

And it was! From his early days where he sort of 'fell in' to playing hockey--with never any real passion for it,-- to his WHA and brief NHL career, I was just amazed how he managed to stay
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sports are replete with stereotypes. Yet few are probably as old and ingrained as that ice hockey goaltenders are quirky weird crazy. Even Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent said, "You don't have to be crazy to be a goalie. But it helps!" And then there's the goaltenders who embody the stereotype, such as Gilles Gratton, a goalie who earned the moniker "Gratoony the Loony" (to be distinguished from "loonie," the $1 Canadian coin).

Even though Gratton only played in 47 NHL games in the 1975-76
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Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a real eye-opener into the life of a French-Canadian goaltender. Although this was the first hockey autobiography that I have read, it was truly fascinating to see what Gilles Gratton's experiences were like both on and off the ice. Oftentimes we do not hear what life is like for hockey players and the struggles they face daily. This book showcased Gratton's interesting perspective on hockey and life, and my respect for players and what they have to go through increased tenfold. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I shared an elevator with Hockey Hall-of-Fame player Phil Esposito before a Tampa Bay Lightning game last season. Turning to the man, I said “Hey, Phil, I just read a new book by a former teammate of yours.” Politely, he inquired, “Yeah, who?” I said, “Gilles Gratton.” He suddenly got animated, “Oh my G-d, he wrote a book?? That guy was the biggest flake … do you know what he did one time? …” Had the elevator ride been longer, I would have been treated to a number of tales of their short time to ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
ECW Press should be embarrased by the number of spelling and grammatical errors throughout this book. This includes misspelling soldier in the first paragraph.

I was surprised to see at the back of the book that co-author Greg Oliver has written a number of books, because this one was a disorganized hot mess.

Then there is Gilles Gratton. Clearly he was dealing with some mental health issues while growing up in the 1960's and unfortunately didn't receive the help he needed. Heavy drug use later in
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I will admit that, despite being a hockey fan, I was not as familiar with Gilles Gratton as I could have been. However, with his new autobiography I feel like I got to know him very well – perhaps too well. Gratoony the Loony certainly lives up to his nickname, with his lion mask and colorful life that spanned from Montreal to the NHL.

The book is filled with photos of Gratton throughout his personal life and career, as well as an abundance of quotes from those who know him. In fact, the amount
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Grafton had a wild life. Drugs,sex, music and mysticism. I hope he finds what he was looking for. I wish him peace.
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