If you feel like the 2006-07 NHL regular season was nothing more than a blur, or if you remember the season well but wish for a handy keepsake, there is one solution that will keep your memories alive and help out a great cause at the same time.
The National Hockey League, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, Greystone Books and Getty Images have teamed to publish “Reflections on a Hockey Season – the 2007 NHL Year in Photographs,” with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the charitable cause, Hockey Fights Cancer.
The book, the first installment in an annual photographic series, is currently available for sale at shop.nhl.com and at NHL Club stores. It can also be found at the NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York City beginning October 12, and at retail bookstores on October 22.
“Reflections” chronicles the highlights and candid, behind-the-scenes images from the 2006-07 NHL season. Many of the more than 150 spectacular photographs have not previously been published anywhere, making this 160-page full-color coffee table book a one-of-a-kind volume.
From the steely stares of concentration from Peter Forsberg
and Jarome Iginla
, to the powerful force of a Chris Pronger
slapshot and Dion Phaneuf
body check, to the sheer goal-scoring exuberance of Evgeni Malkin
and Ilya Kovalchuk
, “Reflections” captures the poetic images of the graceful, yet physical game of hockey.
A host of other NHL stars are captured in action as well, including Sidney Crosby
, Nicklas Lidstrom
, Joe Thornton
, Vincent Lecavalier
, Martin Brodeur
, Roberto Luongo
, and Mats Sundin
The fans are represented as well in “Reflections,” from a couple in Vancouver dressed for Halloween, to supermodel Christie Brinkley taking a behind-the-scenes photograph with Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro
. Also highlighted are number retirement ceremonies for Ken Dryden in Montreal, Brett Hull
in St. Louis, Mike Vernon in Calgary, Mark Messier
in Edmonton and Luc Robitaille
in Los Angeles. Finally, “Reflections” ends with the jubilant images of the first Stanley Cup championship captured by the Anaheim Ducks
in the 2007 final against Ottawa.
Besides the beautiful photography, “Reflections” includes a season-in-review introduction, a section of year-end statistics and awards, and regular season standings and playoff results, completing a comprehensive package that will keep the memories of 2006-07 alive for generations.
“Reflections” is dedicated to all the patients, loved ones of patients, and those who are searching for the cure for cancer. The NHL is committed to helping the cause as the 2007-08 season marks the 10th Anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association, to raise money and awareness for the disease.
To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $9 million to support local and national cancer research organizations, Children’s Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
“The most important thing to do is stay positive. You need the support of friends and family to remain positive and look to the future and not dwell on the present. It is difficult to fight this terrible disease, but you can get through this,” said Hall-of-Famer Mario Lemieux
in the book dedication, just one of many uplifting messages from members of the hockey community touched by cancer, including Saku Koivu
, Wayne Gretzky
, Phil Kessel
, Bob Gainey and former referee Paul Stewart
Stewart, who is also a former NHL player and cancer survivor, will be appearing at the grand opening of the NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York on Friday, Oct. 12.
To purchase “Reflections on a Hockey Season: the 2007 NHL Year in Photographs,” please visit shop.nhl.com