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  • The Grim Reaper

  • The Life and Career of a Reluctant Warrior
  • Written by: Stu Grimson
  • Narrated by: Stu Grimson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Sports & Outdoors, Hockey
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful memoir from an NHL heavyweight champion who moved from the dressing room to the courtroom.

NHL tough guys all tell the same story. 

They all grew up dreaming of skating in the big league as stars. Then one day, a coach tells them the only way to make it is to drop the gloves. And every guy says the same thing: I'll do whatever it takes to play in the NHL. 

Not Stu Grimson, though. When he was offered a contract to patrol the ice for the Calgary Flames, he said no thanks, and went to university instead. And that's the way Grimson has approached his career and his life: on his own terms. He stared down the toughest players on the planet for 17 years, while working on his first university degree. He retired on his own terms, and went on to practice law, including a stint as in-house counsel for the NHLPA. 

This has put him in a unique position when it comes to commenting on the game. He's seen it from the trenches, and he's seen it from the courtroom. This puts him in the eye of the storm surrounding fighting and concussions. And he handles that the way he does everything: on his own terms. When Don Cherry called him out on televison, it was the seemingly indomitable Cherry who backed down. Hockey fans will be fascinated by his data-driven defence of fighting. 

But in the end, this is not a book about fighting and locker-room stories. It's the story of a young man who ultimately took on the toughest role in pro sports and came out the other side. Where many others have not.

©2019 Stu Grimson (P)2019 Viking

What the critics say

"Whether you followed Grimson's career or simply knew the weight his reputation carried, The Grim Reaper should give you a better appreciation and understanding of Stu Grimson, a reluctant warrior, who found his place on and off the ice." (NHL.com)

"Excellent.... [Grimson] does a fine job sketching out his remarkable life's arc." (The Toronto Star)

"[The Grim Reaper] is much more than a sports book." (Vancouver Sun

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truly enjoyable story

you follow athletes as a sports fan but seldom do you know much about them or their personal life. I found this very interesting to hear the path that's too took to the NHL and Beyond. I have read other numerous books about athletes often their stories are slow or fragmented I thought this book was very well written

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Great listen and highly entertaining!

This book is all heart. Loved the honesty as well as stories of being in the NHL and what came with being a NHL tough guy. I'll never look at the NHL the same again after listening to this audible. Highly recommend and I'd love to meet Stu one day to thank him for the amazing insights!

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Good hockey career story

Good listen. Watched Grimson back in high school during his Regina Pat's WHL days, followed his career, and now have heard the rest of his story with insights on a pro hockey enforcer career and life afterwards. Enjoyed it.

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  • C,L, Richey
  • 2021-07-06

A great story about a dying breed in the NHL

This is a story about an NHL enforcer. A breed of which there are few left in the game. Mr. Grimson does a wonderful job narrating his story. He takes you from his youth league days to the end of his playing career and struggles with concussion syndrome. You'll get his view of how an enforcer should behave, the code, if you will and the names and how many times he fought all of the other heavy hitters in the league. It's an interesting perspective coming from a player who didn't score much or play very many minutes a game but still had a major impact on the outcome and pace of play. If your a hockey fan you'll like this book.

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  • Bret E.
  • 2021-03-12

An awesome book.

I heard an interview with Stu on the radio and they were talking about the book. I'm not a huge hockey fan, but I knew of Stu and his Antics on the ice. This is one of the best books/stories I've listened to on Audible and was bummed when it came to an end.
Thanks, Stu.

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  • James Cox
  • 2020-12-11

Stuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!

A most enjoyable listen. Met and interviewed Stu a few times while he played in Chicago, he was always smart, engaging and approachable. If you’re a hockey fan you’ll love it, but also if you enjoy stories about people being successful because of their hard work, not luck, you too will enjoy this book.

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  • Mary A. Limon
  • 2022-07-11

Enlightening

Full disclosure: really long listen, as a Grimson fan I still had to take breaks. I enjoyed finding out more about the man who’s hockey career I was able to witness first hand. I was the fan who waited at the exit for that autograph. Being that Stuie is well-spoken, I’m glad the producers allowed him to voice his own book. If you love the game of hockey, it’s well worth your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-02-12

If you love hockey you will love this book

This is a well written and preformed book. Stu is a fantastic story teller. I’m almost tempted to listen to it again.

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  • PinUpRN
  • 2021-08-22

Great Fuckin Read **

It's a fantastic walk through Stu's career, and an honest assessment and evaluation on the role he played in that era of hockey. I loved it.

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  • J. Hans Joppa
  • 2020-12-21

Wonderful

Great! Even without playing in the NHL, we all knew Chelios was a...you know

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  • Ashett99
  • 2020-07-24

a great hockey listen

Stu wrote a hell of a book and narrates it just as well. If you're a hockey fan or a fan of compelling story this book is for you!

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  • Sebastian Roehr
  • 2020-04-19

Fantastic introspective

Stu Grimson presents a well thought out and honestly phrased introspective to the world of not just professional hockey, but hockey on any level. Having been a hockey player for the better part of the 1990s and early 2000s, Stu’s story is eerily familiar; and Having been a player leaning more towards the skill side than the enforcer side, it’s nice to see an explanation of why they are needed. He really did well describing where enforcers come from and that they too are hockey players who want to play hockey, not goons looking to smash teeth. Ideas like putting more refs on the ice are ludicrous and come from people who don’t understand hockey. If you are looking for a book to explain the finer points of hockey strategy, or a former hockey player looking for a narrative from someone you looked up to in the 90’s golden age of hockey, this is the book. Heck, he even checks the Christian box with no attempt to hide his faith. Great boom from a great guy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-15

excellent

This book was actually still grimsson is a true Warrior and a male convictions finally a book that talks about and enforcers existence after hockey loved it